3. Snack wisely
During the holiday season, unhealthy snacks like biscuits and chocolates tend to be more visible, try to make sure you always have healthy snack options on hand too, so you at least have a choice to make when you’re opening the fridge for the 6th time.
- Fresh Fruit and Nuts
- Houmous & crudités
- Oatcakes and Cheddar [Yes, we do mean cheese is a healthy snack]
Making the choice: When treats are easy to access, you’re more likely to grab them first without thinking. Keep sweet treats in an opaque tin in the back of the cupboard so you can see and think about your health options first.
Try to be mindful before you grab - set another habit - and always ask yourself three questions before you select your snack
- Am I thirsty? [drink a glass of water]
- Am I bored? [Lace up those trainers/Pull on the gardening gloves]
- Am I hungry? [have a healthy snack to fill you up]
Try to have those treats when you know you can really enjoy and appreciate it, not in the car, in a meeting, or while netflix asks you for the 3rd time if you’re still watching.
Slow down, stop multitasking and mindfully enjoy that gingerbread man your boss's daughter is handing round. Eating mindfully reduces the likelihood of overeating and needlessly going back for more.