We’ve all done it. Try as you might, those days of endless grazing and munching seem to sneak up on us from time to time. And with today being Halloween that means most of us have candy in our homes – bite-sized candy, no less! (“Oh, it’s so tiny… I can easily eat just one and it won’t matter. Or two.”) But did you know that the endless snacking most times is not because of hunger, but rather boredom? Below are some tips for how to stay busy and stop snacking!
When I want to eat everything in sight, it’s sometimes for a good reason: I’m hungry! If my breakfast, lunch, or dinner doesn’t satisfy me, I inevitably end up aimlessly snacking. Instead, I prepare a snack with a mix of healthy carbs, protein, and fat, and place it on a plate before I eat it. That way, I see how much I am eating instead of mindlessly chomping away.
I drink water throughout the day, but I also sip right before and during my meals to help satisfy my hunger. And if I’m feeling extra snacky, I’ll chug 8 to 10 ounces of water and then wait a little while before I decide whether to eat something. Most of the time, water does the trick.
Take a Walk
A brisk 10-minute walk around the block with my iPod almost always cures my boredom munchies. Plus, I get a little extra exercise in my day. And when I can’t get outside (stuck in the house or office) I simply walk a few laps or visit a co-worker’s desk, the laundry room… anything to stay moving and keep my mind off food.
Phone a Friend
When I’m bored and feel like snacking, I Read More