This has been one of the number one struggles I’ve been hearing about over the past year.
We’re spending a whole lot more time at home and for some it has led to a black hole of snacking and boredom eating throughout the day.
Before I dive in, I wanted to share that starting next Monday I’m opening a free 5 day Nutrition Kickstart with some of my favorite tips & tricks for a little spring reset of your diet. If you’d like to join us drop me a and I’ll get you the link when it’s ready.
Now… let’s chat snacks. Here are some of my favorite times for navigating the snack monster:
𝟏. 𝐀𝐝𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐮𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞. Are you getting enough sleep? Drinking enough water? Consuming enough protein (𝘐 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝟷 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮 𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘱𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵)? Eating your vegetables? The more balanced your nutrition & healthier your lifestyle, the less you’ll be reaching for those snacks out of genuine hunger, energy slumps, dehydration, fatigue, etc…
𝟐. 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐄𝐧𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭. Do you have easy healthy snacks you can grab and go readily available? OR is it easier to grab a handful of chips from the cabinet or easter candy from the candy dish. I’m a huge believer in out of sight out of mind. If you struggle with control around it, keep it out of the house. You 𝐂𝐀𝐍 still have these foods 𝐁𝐔𝐓 try to buy them in a single serving when you truly want them, instead of keeping them readily available at home.
𝟑. 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐄𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠. Slow yourself down & eliminate distractions. Allow yourself to have a snack but make a rule with yourself that you have to portion it out, put it on a plate, and sit down and enjoy it without distractions. That way you’re not restricting yourself from foods 𝐁𝐔𝐓 you’re also not munching out of the bag mid netflix binge or IG scroll.
4. 𝐇𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝐠𝐨-𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭. Whether it’s an apple, serving of veggies, or lean protein option, try to fill up on something healthy first, and then give yourself permission to have what it is you’re wanting. At times, you may fill up and not even want the second option. Other times you may realize you don’t even want the apple and really are just looking for a distraction OR you may very well eat the apple and then go for the chips, BUT you’ll likely consume a bit less since you’re already filled up a bit from the good stuff.
𝘐𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱𝘧𝘶𝘭? 𝘈𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘯𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘰𝘮 𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦?