Have you ever been sitting at your desk in the office, or at home watching a show, you’re snacking a bit while focused on whatever you’re doing, suddenly you look down and realise you’ve eaten a whole packet of biscuits? This happens to most of us, sometimes we over-do it. Sometimes it’s on purpose, we’re aware but just can’t help ourselves. Other times we just mindlessly snack.
The type of food you eat, and the amount of it that you eat is going to have a heavy impact on how you go through the rest of your day. If it’s not just the guilt, it will be feeling sluggish and low on energy. For your state of mind, it’s not going to do wonders. If this is something you catch yourself doing too often, then it might be time you admit it to yourself.
There’s no need to feel guilty if you do sometimes fall off the wagon, you are after all only human – we all do it! But for your own health, it’s not something you really want to make a habit of.
So, if you’re having trouble with those cravings, I’ve put some tips together to help you curb them. Keep in mind, healthy eating is all about balance – so don’t be too harsh on yourself!
Never skip breakfast
As they say, it’s the most important meal of the day. If you skip breakfast, you’re going to be even more hungry once lunch comes. As a result, you might eat more than you should. Start your day off on the right note, and have a healthy breakfast; here are 3 Overnight Oat Recipes you could try!
Drink plenty of water
You’ve probably heard of people say, “you’re not actually hungry, you’re just thirsty”. It’s commonly the case. Before you rip open that bag of crisps, try having a green tea or a glass of water instead. You can’t go wrong with staying hydrated, and often times it will help stop your cravings.
When you chew slower, you’re actually enjoying and taking part in the experience of eating. Often times we might eat in front of the TV, or in the car, or somewhere else where we may not even be paying attention to the fact that we’re eating. Because you haven’t paid attention, you’ll think you’re still hungry once you’re done. Take the time to sit down and enjoy every meal, and believe it or not, chewing slowly will actually make you full much quicker.
Cut your food into smaller pieces
This may sound strange, but it goes with my previous point. If you cut an apple into many smaller pieces, your brain will be tricked into thinking you’re eating more. This little trick will help you better realize when you’re full.
Eat real food
Eating processed foods that have a lot of extra salt and ingredients that you can’t even pronounce are designed to keep you wanting more. If you really want to live a healthier lifestyle, eating fresh food is the place to start. It’s also a great opportunity to bond with your loved ones when you have to actually prepare food together – so it’s a win-win!
I hope some of these tips have been helpful! Let me know if you give any of them a try, or if you have any tips of your own!