Have you experienced this?
You just finished a long meeting or work session.
You want to treat yourself, even though you’ve just treated yourself to your favourite snack in the last hour.
Your kitchen is right there.
They’re calling your name!
You know you shouldn’t, but damn, you work hard and you deserve a nice treat.
What do you do?
If you have been snacking way more since working from home, you are not alone! This is one of the most common questions we get asked at BODZii, and we want to help you guys out!
Here are 6 habits to manage your snacking with.
Tip 1: Stay Hydrated
Before you open up your laptop to start work, fill up a water bottle and keep it beside you. Take sips throughout the day and keep refilling it. If you’re well hydrated, the cravings will subside.
Tip 2: Find Recipes You Enjoy
We love food, and you should love what you eat too. Choose a new recipe to try every week or so and find some new favourites. Keep a list of healthy ones that you love, so you can turn them into snacks. Every Sunday at 2pm, we post a new recipe in our Instagram highlights, so try it out. We’re not black and white about eliminating snacking, but being in control of when you do.
Tip 3: Bulk Prep Healthy Snacks
There are so many easy to make, healthy alternative recipes, including our Chickpea Blondies and Mediterranean Pizza Bites. Make recipes you can bulk, prep, portion. You can also keep them in a freezer so it takes more effort to get the portions out. This can work as a block to keep you from getting another one every 10 minutes.
Tip 4: Know your cravings
Are your cravings crunchy, sweet or salty? Once you decide that, you can create something yourself in the kitchen to satisfy that. If you love potato chips, make them yourself. Our coach Robyn’s favourite snack to make is crunchy kale with cajan spice and pepper.
Make them, freeze them and they’ll last a few weeks.
For example, Chickpeas can be crunchy, sweet or salty:
-Crunchy roasted chickpeas = crunchy + salty
-Chickpea blondies = sweet
Tip 5: Wait for 5
If you’re craving snacks and haven’t had lunch yet, set a timer for 5 minutes. Read an article, drink some water, message a friend, or do some stretches for those 5 minutes before you get a snack. Practicing delaying gratification can help you control your snacking. During that time, you may even talk yourself out of it.
Tip 6: Make sure you’re eating enough
If you’ve never kept a food journal, counting for 2000 calories a day is a great way to start. If you’re opposed to counting calories, mindful eating is another alternative. Just make sure you’re filling your diet with fruit, vegetables, lean protein and healthy carb sources throughout the day. If you’re looking for ways for building a macro friendly meal, call us!
You should be making meals that keep you fuller for longer. If you’re not having the calories you have, you will naturally be hungry. Here’s an example of a high protein breakfast you can try.
Let’s get through quarantine feeling good about yourself! Hopefully these tips prevent yourself from snacking throughout the day. Try one or two and keep us updated on how it goes! For more tips, check out our article on routines that will keep you motivated.
If you’re looking for more personalized diet and fitness advice, book a free lifestyle assessment with our nutrition coach! Listening to your body and eating right can change your life.
Do you have any ideas? Let us know!
Get back on track with your health goals today! Ready to get started? Download our free 5 Healthy Days of Quarantine Guide.