As I right this during the coronavirus outbreak, more and more people are being forced to work from home. Since home is typically where the snacks are, if you want to limit your snacking, I’ve got you covered!
As someone who works from home every day, I know how tough it can be to be around all the best snacks all day long. I have nothing against snacking, but I also don’t want to do it every minute of every day. Over the years, these are the top strategies I’ve utilized to limit my snacking when I’m home all day long.
1. Keep your snacks out of reach. If I have a snack easily accessible, I’m going to be way more inclined to have it. Putting food away in the cupboard or the fridge goes a long way- out of sight, out of mind in a lot of cases.
2. Stay busy! I’ve you’re working, I hope you are staying somewhat busy anyway. But if you’re bored and wanting to snack, something as simple as a quick walk can take your mind off of it.
3. Portion out snacks. If you open up a big bag of chips, you’re going to want a lot of them. Measure out a portion, put the rest away, and be on your way.
4. I love to stick to a schedule- if I eat breakfast at 9am, I wait until at least 11am to grab a snack. Otherwise, I feel like I want a snack immediately after breakfast! Setting times for your snacks can help eliminate the spontaneous urges.
5. Drink plenty of water! If I don’t keep water at my desk, I don’t drink nearly enough. When that’s the case, I find I ALWAYS want to snack so much more. We don’t realize it, but our “hunger” for snacks is often times actually just thirst.
Most importantly: remember that snacking is okay! You’re not a bad person for wanting to eat snacks, and please don’t drive yourself crazy trying to completely restrict yourself. Snacks can be a great coworker sometimes.