You’re in the kitchen, your mind is wandering off to your list of things to do or a conversation that is making you frustrated. Perhaps you missed a snack and you’re just feeling ‘hangry’ (you’re so hungry you are getting super grumpy!). You find yourself opening the cupboards, reaching for whatever is available and munching away. Before you know it you’ve eaten a cookie, a handful of popcorn and you think, SHIT what did I just do!
Eating when you’re distracted, upset, stressed or in a rush is NOT a good approach when it comes to fat loss. It will lead you into poor food choices and ultimately derail your progress – and who wants to do that!
Here are some strategies to solve this habit. NOTE it is a habit and it just takes some practice to change this behaviour.
1 – If you are a muncher when you prep meals (like I am) stash a pack of minty gum in a kitchen drawer. Pop a piece in, and you’ll be less likely to munch as you prep!
2 – Drink water or make an herbal tea instead. Perhaps you’re just thirsty!
3 – Make a conscious effort to prep a meal or snack, sit down and then enjoy it. Eat slow and don’t eat standing up over a box of cookies, crackers or nuts. You will end up eating more then you intend on AND then feel too full (we’ve all been there, right?)
So when you are ready to have a meal or snack, take a seat, enjoy your eats and remember to keep focused on your goals!