Snacking isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But when you’re spending more time at home with a full fridge and pantry, it can become a challenge.
Here are a few tips for creating smart snacking habits at home:
1. Keep tempting snacks out of your house.
One way to keep yourself from snacking throughout the day is to keep anything that’s too tempting out of your house. If you know that you’ll need a colossal amount of self-control to ignore certain snacks, then don’t buy them.
2. Separate your eating and living spaces.
If you’re working from home, try to separate your workspace from your eating space and kitchen. When snacks are readily accessible, it’s all too easy to grab whatever is within reach. But by creating some distance between where you live and where you eat, you’re more likely to curb your urges to snack.
3. Schedule your mealtimes.
When your regular routines change, mealtimes can get disrupted. Try to stick to consistent eating times, and avoid skipping meals. Having a meal schedule maintains a sense of routine and decreases your chances of snacking throughout the day.
4. Stay hydrated.
Make sure that you’re staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Drink a glass of water with every meal. Stick with plain water over choosing sugary sports drinks or fruit juices.
5. Make eating a single task.
Multi-tasking can lead to mindless eating. So, try to eliminate distractions while you’re eating and turn your meals or snacks into a single task. Otherwise, that bag of chips might completely disappear while you catch up on Netflix.
6. Set a good example.
If you and your family are spending a lot of time together, this could be your chance to set a good example. Model good snacking behavior and encourage other members of your family to do the same.
7. Go for a walk.
Sometimes we snack because it gives us something to do. Rather than reaching into the pantry, head outside for a walk. Finding other ways to fill your time can help you avoid snacking when you’re not hungry.
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