Are you guilty of mindless snacking? Here are a few tips to help you break the habit.
- Eat Breakfast: By replenishing your energy stores from the fast incurred by sleep, you will prevent unwanted “crashes” later in the day that lead to the “munchies” and/or binge eating. Eat a balanced breakfast composed of protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep: Lack of sleep and/or restless sleep upset the hormonal balance, increasing enzymes that trigger your body’s hunger center. Adequate sleep will help to keep this system in check.
- Practice Stress Relaxation Exercises: The stress hormone, cortisol, can stimulate hunger. Minimize triggers of its secretion by keeping the body in a calm state through such techniques as deep breathing, meditation, Yoga positions, etc.,.
- Take a 5-10 Minute Walking Break: Are you feeling the urge to nibble on the surplus of donuts in the conference room at work? Try hitting the halls for a quick jaunt instead. Exercise can suppress appetite and can lower stress levels that stimulate hunger.
- Put Temptations Out of Sight: Avoid succumbing to the “power of suggestion” by storing unhealthy snacks out-of-view in the back of the pantry and/or refrigerator or areas that are not readily accessible – better yet, don’t even buy them. Prevent temptations on-the-go or at work by not keeping sugary, empty calorie items in your car or office desk drawer. Instead stock up on nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc.,.
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