We’re all stuck at home and if you’re one of the lucky ones, you have a full fridge of food and snacks to eat. It’s no wonder, most people are already complaining of packing on at least 15 pounds these past few weeks, aptly called the “Coronavirus 15”. So, how can you stay home and resist the urge to snack to get through this madness?
Here are the top “snacking tricks” from Jaclyn London, RD, head of Nutrition and Wellness for WW.
- Make an eating schedule. In the same way that you might eat breakfast before heading to the office, or how you wait until around 12pm to eat lunch, you need to maintain the same eating schedule at home. If it helps, even packing your lunch or creating prepared snacks can help you both monitor and manage just how much you are eating.
- Make snacks as healthy as possible. It may be tempting to grab a handful of chips for a snack, but, instead go for fresh fruits or vegetables. Not only do these have less calories, sodium, and saturated fat, but they are also equally filling and can prevent you from over snacking. Also trying yogurt or granola can be great and healthy way to curb your hunger in between meals.
- Make a change in your environment. Are you a stress eater? Do you find that you eat more when you are in certain parts of your house (aka near the kitchen)? In some cases, moving your work station farther away from the kitchen can put some physical (and mental) distance from you and your snacks. But, be careful of your habits! If you notice that every time you take a break from your work that you’re eating a snack, find ways to use that break time differently. Perhaps listen to music, take a walk outside, stretch, call a friend instead. The point is you don’t want to subconsciously connect “work break” with “snack time”.
But, hey, this is a stressful time for us all. And with gyms and many entertainment places closed, we do have less fun, outside-of-the-house options to choose from. So, if you sneak a piece of cake here and there, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just be mindful of when you find yourself overeating and find another more healthy habit to put in its place.