How to avoid snacking and keep eating healthy
It might be hard to avoid snacking right now while you’re stuck at home—and it can be easy to replace a meal with a serving of chips, cookies or other tasty treats. It can be tempting to reach for comfort food, especially when it’s more difficult to get out and purchase healthier options.
Sometimes the best way to stay on track with healthy eating is to have some anti-snacking tricks up your sleeve. Try some of these tips to keep snacking at bay, or make healthier choices if you do decide to snack:
- Hide your snacks. Put your chips, cookies and other treats inside a cupboard, cabinet or your refrigerator where you can’t see them. This will help control your cravings and not reach for what’s out in front of you.
- Keep a routine. Eat your breakfast, lunch and dinner around the same time each day, if possible. This will help you control your appetite and stay on track. It’s important to eat when you’re hungry so you don’t overeat later on. This can help you avoid the desire to snack.
- Plan your meals in advance. Meal prepping and planning your meals ahead of time can help you stay on track to ensure you’re eating a balanced meal. There are many different ways to approach meal planning—and everyone’s different! You can check out Pinterest, different gyms and trainers on Instagram or even consult your doctor about what is right for you. The most important part is making a list and sticking to it! Once you have your meals ready for the week, it will help you to crush your cravings and stay focused.
- Know your triggers. Sometimes feelings of stress, boredom or anxiety can trigger the need to snack. It can be easy to reach for comfort foods. If you’re feeling this way, try taking a walk or a couple deep breaths and asking yourself, “Am I hungry right now?” Knowing your triggers can help you when one of these emotions strikes.
- Practice portion control. While it can be hard to stop snacking altogether, you can try to snack using a different approach. Instead of eating directly from the bag or container, simply portion out a serving size into a bowl or on to a plate. Limit yourself to what you have in front of you, so you don’t polish off the whole bag of potato chips in one sitting.
- Try a shopping service. It might be hard (and nerve-wracking) to get to the grocery store! However, many stores offer delivery or curbside pick-up as a safer alternative. This way, you can stock up with healthier snack alternatives when cravings hit, such as pretzels, rice cakes, veggies, yogurt, fresh fruit, graham crackers or low-fat pudding.
- Try something new. Take this time at home as an opportunity to clean out your cupboards and see what you have in stock. Try a new recipe or a combination of things you might not have before. Let your creativity come to life as you create a new healthy meal or snack—it might even become a family favorite!
Try any or all of the tips above to help you stay healthy! Enjoying everything in moderation helps you stick to a healthy balanced diet.
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This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant as medical advice.