One of the biggest challenges of being at home so much is excessive snacking. So easy to overeat snacks without realising it and as you’re at home and they’re permanently available, it’s hard to resist. Not only is this going to be hard on your figure, but it might make you feel sluggish, and increase the cost of your food budget. Typical snack type foods don’t often come cheap.
Here are a few tips that can help you control some of the extra snacking you have been doing.
Keep Snacks Out of Sight
This old rule is great for so many reasons. When you see something right in front of you and are constantly reminded of it, your brain tends to want it whether your stomach is hungry or not. Instead of having extra temptations you don’t need, keep your snacks in the cabinet, fridge, or a snack drawer. Even better, keep them somewhere that it’s a nuisance to get them from, like the garage or a high cupboard. When you are hungry, you’ll remember they’re there, but won’t grab a biscuit or packet of crisps every time you go to the kitchen just because you see them sitting there on the counter.
Have Designated Snack Windows During the Day
It can also help to stick to some kind of schedule or routine, not just with your activities, but meal and snack times. Think about what your routine was like before. You likely had 3 meals a day around the same time, with a snack break in the afternoon. You can still do this while at home! Choose a schedule that works for you and try not to eat any snacks outside of the designated snack window. It will make you think twice when you go for an extra granola bar when you know your snack time is coming up in an hour or so.
Stay Busy and Distracted
A lot of times, snacking while at home isn’t from hunger or even cravings, but from boredom. The best way to combat this is by staying busy. Find a new hobby, learn a language or new skill, play with your dogs or kids or do a puzzle. Try to find more activities that keep you occupied during the day.
Know When You Tend to Snack
Lastly, be aware of your own triggers or when you tend to go for snacks. Maybe this is when you get bored, or when you are procrastinating from doing a chore you’re not looking forward to. You might eat snacks just because you see them there, or because someone else in the house is eating. For some people, it is more likely after getting stressed by the news or to deal with difficult emotions. None of these is a bad thing, but the more aware you are of what triggers your snacking, the more you can prepare for it.