Monday, August 11, 2014

Motivation Monday #linkup : Snacking Tips

I've been asked quite a bit about snacking suggestions. I think many people have a difficult time at night. You go all day, put in all this effort, and do really well, but once you settle down to watch TV in the evenings it's all gone. Sound like something you're dealing with? 

You are totally not alone! 

My hiccup was popcorn in the evenings. There's nothing better than buttery popcorn sprinkled with shredded Parmesan cheese. I can sit and eat an entire large bowl all by myself without thinking twice. 

So.... I took it out of the house. I know it's my trigger and I simply do not buy it. If it isn't there, I won't be tempted. 

Over time, the cravings left. I eat a decent dinner filled with protein and veggies. It keeps me feeling fuller longer. I also watch my water intake. The first symptom of dehydration is a feeling of hunger. A lot of times, I'm simply thirsty. 

If I have a sweet tooth in the evenings, I relax with a cup of hot tea. 

If I'm still hungry after all of that, I'll have a snack. Protein is always a good choice for me. A hard boiled egg or a handful of unsalted almonds is usually just right. 

It does take discipline, but it is definitely worth the effort. Your mind is normally in the habit of snacking in the evenings even if you aren't truly hungry. You've conditioned yourself to feel hungry once you settle down on the couch. You can turn it the other way with some practice and patience. 

If you're really struggling, get off the couch! Your mind can associate food with sitting on the couch to watch TV. Try switching it up in the beginning to see if it gets easier. Try some physical activity to see if you can get a handle on that after dinner snacking. If you're eating a balanced dinner and not starving yourself, chances are you aren't truly hungry! 

Got some healthy snacking tips? Link it up!




2 comments:

  1. I could've written the same blog post, word for word! The trigger food, what I eat now to combat it, how protein and veggies and fluids keep me pretty snack-cravings free. Sistah! :: high fives ::

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  2. I just try to budget calories for an evening snack. I don't know what I will end up with calorie wise as I drop more weight, but I just mentally do better if I keep some calories for snacking. I am trying to get better at what I choose for snacks. I love fresh veggies dipped in light ranch. I also love popcorn. I really like this all natural sea salt and butter popcorn. It is about 240 calories. I don't mind eating a little smaller breakfast and lunch, so I can have snacks. I sometimes don't think about being thirsty instead of hungry. I am going to have to pay attention to that more.

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