Clients often tell me their biggest challenge is to keep from snacking on those crunchy carbs. We’ve all been there. You aren’t necessarily hungry but it’s been a few hours since you’ve eaten (especially at night) and you have a craving for a snack and there it is! A bag of crunchy, salty potato chips, crackers or cookies you bought “for the kids”. You tell yourself you shouldn’t do it; you shut the cabinet door only to return and allow yourself a handful, or two, or three, or more. Mindless eating ensues and feelings of guilt shortly follow.
Cravings are caused by a number of factors but that’s another blog. For now, let’s stick to the best solution for snacking. It’s a simple concept – Don’t buy it. If you don’t have it around, you simply can’t eat it. The benefits are, saving money as well as minimizing calories and regret.
I realize this is easier said than done because most of us shop for the same weekly items as well as walk the same route in the grocery store. It’s our habit and what we know. Make a conscious effort to edit your grocery list by omitting the culprit foods. Start this new habit by replacing one (for now) prepackaged snack with a healthy option. It’s important to do this before you go to the store. Fruit may seem like an obvious choice but pick one that you will eat and assign this item to be the crave quencher. Be sure to change up your grocery store routine. Believe it or not, this will cause you to be more “present” while shopping and you aren’t operating on auto-pilot with old habits.
Too many changes too soon result in failure to follow through so start with one healthy habit at a time.