You might have seen the very funny, but relatable images floating around social media of what some people are doing to stop themselves diving into that fridge of theirs, just like this one our Digital Media Coordinator, Tara whipped up…
They did definitely make us laugh, but was also painfully relatable. She might have even gone one step further to ensure the pantry was also left alone…
But, in all seriousness the temptation of the fridge being just a few steps away from wherever you are working, playing with the kids, watching TV or reading can be extremely difficult. You are not alone with those feelings. Being home so much more than usual, it is something that is sure to pop into your head more often than usual. So… here are our top tips on how to reduce those urges and keep YOU in control – not the fridge!
1) Keep Meal Times the Same
Whether it be a fast-day or a non-fast day, just because now you may be able to have a slower morning or more time to cook dinner make sure the times you eat remain as close as possible to when you would normally. If you end up moving times around your body may not react well to the switch, causing you to snack on naughty things your body just doesn’t need.
2) Don’t Give Yourself the Opportunity to Snack on Naughties
And what is the best way to do that? Simple. Don’t buy them! We know, we sound mean. And you know us, we 100% love our choc and wine but having every brand of chocolate biscuits, a few flavours of chips and some ice cream ready to be demolished in the freezer is surely just going to lead to disaster right?
When you go shopping ENSURE you go with a list, and that you actually stick to the list. And of course, as the old saying goes, don’t go shopping when you are hungry! Don’t completely deprive yourself. Buy your fave choc but maybe not five blocks…
3) If You Are a Renowned Snacker, Have the Good Stuff Ready
On the other hand, if you absolutely need to snack and are a person who loves to munch on something as they work or watch TV, make it something that bit more nutritious and filling. This could be some veggie sticks & hummus, nuts and berries, broth or miso soup.
Check out 20 of our favourite snacks under 100 cals. Perfect for a fast day! You could even prep some goodies such as Bliss Balls, Frittatas or plenty of other easy to grab, and nutritious snacks! There are plenty of delish options that won’t lead you to have a tummy ache later on AND won’t munch up all your calories for the day.
4) Avoid Doing Your Work/Activity in or Near the Kitchen
Of course, for some people, the kitchen bench or dining table is the only option when it comes to a viable option with enough room to set up! But if you can avoid it, set up your space in a separate area. If you can see the fridge from where you are sitting the likelihood of you checking it for the fifth time increases! Maybe head to the study, spare bedroom or even the balcony?
5) Crush Your Hunger with Water
Oh gosh… not the whole water thing again. But think about it… How much water have you drunk today, say compared to when you might have been in the office? It might just be us, but it is definitely so much easier to forget to drink the 2.5 litres we are meant to be having each day when at home! It is likely to be because you aren’t packing your bag, including your water bottle each day.
So ensure wherever you are in the house, that you have a big glass of water or bottle with you at all times. Water is a hunger crusher and all-round one of the most important things you can do for your health!
Tea is a great option to get water in, as well as some awesome health benefits. We also love Twinings Infusions to spice it up and make water taste amazing.
6) Plan Your Lunch
Meal planning and prepping is always a great idea, similarly to planning on what you are going to take to work for lunch! It means you don’t even have to think about what you are going to have, and ensures that your mind can’t trail off to other options. No – you cannot order Uber Eats again and waste what is already ready to go in the fridge!
It is also great to have a meal set and ready to go that you love for something to look forward to, to get you through the morning!
7) Get Moving
Don’t sit still all day just because you are at home. This is often a reason we get up and go to the kitchen – because we get fidgety. So yes, move around your house, but do it with a purpose (and don’t head to the kitchen). Maybe do some walking lunges across your living room, walk around the block a few times a day, or do some star jumps! The options are endless and getting active is always a great idea, for more reasons than just avoiding the kitchen.
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