How to : stop yourself snacking



Its a big problem a lot of us face, and I am a main culprit of snacking on absolutely everything I can get my hands on. Whilst I am on this clean eating malarkey (which is proving a lot more difficult than I ever anticipated) I have been trying some sneaky, all be it rather cleaver tricks to stop myself snacking!

You eat when you're bored - don't be bored. When I'm bored, I find myself wanting food, so instead of curing my sweet tooth I tend to cure my boredom. Find a new Netflix binge, read your magazine you've only glanced at, maybe even a book or if you're feeling really motivated, hit the gym, go for a walk or even a run.

Stop taking snacks out with you. I do this a lot, including a whole double pack of Maryland cookies to work. I would like to say I shared, but of course I didn't! You can be your own worse enemy, so do yourself a favor and leave the half day snacks at home, where they belong, they'll only tempt you! 

Don't take money out, unless you need it. Another thing I am terrible at is buying food because I fancy it, rather than need it. Time after time I buy a pastry at the train station on the way home from work, despite being full from lunch, and then proceeding onto a full meal when I get home!! Leaving money at home when you know you don't need it is the best solution to those coffee runs, or chocolate craves.

Have 3 meals - that's it. I don't think this is a regular occurrence in my lifetime, but sticking to your 3 meals is a obvious, but fairly tricky ideal. Eat 3 substantial meals through the day, and you can cut snacking. Make a meal plan and look forward to a meal rather than a snack! If it helps, make a healthy breakfast the night before, as well as a packed lunch, so you know you won't be tempted with a meal deal!

Brush your teeth before bed . This is a regular routine for me anyway, but brushing my teeth a little earlier stops me from even thinking about having a quick snack before bed. Once their brushed, I can't really be asked to do them again!! 

If you have to snack, for goddness sake let it be healthy!! There are soooo many better alternatives that can hit that hunger spot. Carrot sticks and hummus is a personal favorite, or toast and peanut butter and banana- mmmm . Fruit are a perfect sugar rush, without the horrific calories and cereal is another favorite to keep me going that has less fat. 

Remember : It's not going to be easy, and you will have off days. Heck I'm eating now after brushing my teeth - opps, but you'll get there!!

Remain : Focused and determined. Remember why you're doing it and your goal and im sure you'll be out of snacking in no time. 

Do you snack a lot? 

Find it hard to stop? 

Or maybe you have some tips that work for you when you fancy a little something in between meals. 

I'd love to know, so comment below!  


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16 comments

  1. Oh god yes snacking is my enemy hahah but sometimes I do it when I don't eat right in our meals even if I have three, I eat way too much refine sugar and 'bad' carbs so then keep craving them alll day, in fact I am more now I am typing hahah! I need to just keep brushing my teeth I think, ruins the whole food ex. ;) xx

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    1. I know what you mean, when I don't eat proper meals, I snack sooo much more. I tend to make sure I have plenty of fruit to hand encase I do get the odd snack crave and I don't want to reach for the chocolate!! Yesss, brush your teeth! Everyone hates eating sweet food when you have the minty taste going on!! xxx

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  2. totally love snacking - and yes, better to have healthy snacks around!

    http://heyprettything.com

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    1. I think everyone loves snacking once in a while haha xx

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  3. i definitely have this issue, especially eating when i'm bored. really helpful tips!

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. Bored snacking is the worst kinda snacking! Glad you like the tips xx

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  4. Yup, I needed this in my life.
    I'm trying to live a little bit healthier and denying the candy and chocolate, so these tips sure come in handy.

    X,
    Kirsten
    www.thegoodandthehealthy.weebly.com

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    1. Ahhh I'm glad you like the tips. Good luck with living a little healthier lovely xx

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  5. I like having five small meals a day--three main meals with snacking in between. The easiest way for me to manage my snacking is to shop for healthy snacks so that I don't even have the option to snack otherwise. Keeping my stomach filled with liquids also helps, even if it's just sipping on water through a straw. Thank you for sharing your tips! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Having only the healthy option on hand is the best tip! Im always drinking water to keep my stomach filled! Glad you liked the tips lovely xx

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  6. I like to have small meals throughout the day instead of big ones-they keep me feeling full without snacking too much! These are great tips though, thanks for sharing!
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

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    1. Thats such a good idea! I guess it all depends on your own preference! Glad you liked the good tips and thank you for sharing yours too xx

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  7. Fantastic tips!!! The money one definitely worked for me, if I have change I always spend it on snacks!xx

    Honeypot Blogs

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    1. Thank you so much! Me too! Im always spending money on snacks at train stations and newsagents!! xx

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  8. It used to be one of my biggest problems. Since I started scheduling my meals and planning them, it's been going quite well. It helped loads that I brush my teeth after every single meal too. I used to be so lax with that. Keeping yourself busy is also vital, since I am definitely a 'bored eater' as well as an emotional one.

    These are great tips!

    Joana x
    www.notincali.com

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    1. Ah that sounds great! I haven't ever really thought, nor bothered, to plan my meals. If I start to really struggle, this might be something I'll have to do!! Being busy is so so vital!! xx

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