Overcome your unhealthy eating habits once and for all. The key is to identify the small things about your routine and environment that contribute to unhealthy food choices.
Change Your Routine
Grabbing an unhealthy snack or fast food for dinner results from a failure to plan ahead. You might be a night owl who wakes with barely enough time to get out the door for work. Maybe you engage in time-wasting activities you don’t realize, like browsing the Internet or checking social media accounts more often than necessary. These habits take away from the time you need to plan and prepare healthy meals, leaving you to fall back on your old unhealthy eating habits.
Take a few minutes at night to prep a healthy breakfast like no-cook apple oatmeal. Double the amount of healthy foods that you make, like soups and salads, so that you have leftovers for lunch. Take better control of your time and set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier so that you can eat a healthy breakfast or pack your lunch. Set limits for your screen time. Saving small blocks of time throughout the day will quickly add up so you can plan ahead for healthier eating.
Empty Your Wallet
Vending machines provide many unhealthy snack options that are convenient on a busy afternoon. If these snacks tempt you to ruin a good day of healthy eating, get creative with ways to make obtaining them more difficult. Get rid of the spare change in your wallet and desk drawers. If you carry cash, leave smaller bills at home. By making these snacks more difficult to access, you will be less likely to make an impulse purchase, while also giving yourself time to think twice about grabbing an unhealthy option.
Be Prepared When Hunger Hits
Part of creating a healthy relationship with food is to eat when you are truly hungry. If mid-morning or afternoon hunger hits, don’t deny yourself if you need some fuel. Always have a healthy option available. Fruits and nuts are ideal shelf-stable options, but if you have a fridge, consider keeping hummus and veggie sticks, yogurt, and nut milks nearby. A balance of carbohydrates and protein will keep you full and restore your energy.
Turn Off the Screen
All types of screen time lead to mindless eating. When your attention is on something other than the food you are eating, you are more likely to overeat and make poor choices. Whether it’s the television or your smartphone, step away from the electronics while you are eating. By taking just a few minutes to give your meal your full attention, you can control your portion sizes and enjoy healthy foods more often.