- You might be snacking more than you realize.
- There are ways to consciously cut out snacking.
- From keeping food diaries to drinking more water, there are ways to curb your snacking habit.
Having a snack is totally fine, and even encouraged. But if you find yourself munching on chips or cookies out of boredom rather than hunger, it may be wise to pay attention to your eating habits, as you may be unconsciously snacking without even knowing it.
To help shed some light on those seemingly mindless snacking habits, we consulted two dietitians and a medical doctor for some tips on how to nip unconscious snacking in the bud before it gets out of hand. Below are some important things they recommend keeping in mind next time you reach for that midday snack.
Keep a food journal.
When you keep a food journal, you tend to be more mindful of not only what you’re eating but how it makes you feel when you eat it.
„Keep a food journal and log how you are feeling each time you have a meal or snack,“ suggested registered dietitian Summer Yule, MS, RDN. „This can help you to be more mindful of your eating habits and may shed some light on times of the day when you are most likely to unconsciously graze.“
Reorganize your pantry and fridge.
„Push cereal boxes to the back of the cupboard and put water bottles (or boxes of tea) in front of them so that you cannot just grab a handful of cereal to snack on without thinking about it,“ suggested Yule.
If you have treats like brownies in the fridge, she advised pushing them to the back behind fresh fruits, yogurt, and vegetables. Putting healthy food in your eyesight will help you choose that first.
Schedule a visit with a dietitian.
„If you are really struggling with your eating habits, schedule a visit with a registered dietitian,“ Yule told INSIDER. „We can help you to develop strategies that are tailored to your specific situation and needs.“
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