How to End Summer Snacking
By Genevieve Cunningham
It seems as though the summer invites lots of bad habits into our lives. We start to stay up late. We sleep in late into the morning -- or afternoon. We spend too much time in the sun. But perhaps the worst habit of all is the snacking habit. It seems that snacking is more prevalent in the summer. Instead of proper meals, we graze all day. While a little snacking isn't terribly bad for us, too much snacking can lead to weight gain and overall poor health. But how do we stop? If you need to get control of your snacking this season, take a look at these tips to help you quit.
Stay On Schedule
If you get way off schedule, it's only natural that your eating schedule will be off as well. To avoid this, try to stay on a schedule as much as possible. Don't sleep in for hours just because you can. Don't stay out super late just because the days are longer. Should you enjoy summer? Absolutely! But do it with good health and a normal schedule in mind. The more routine your day, the more routine your eating will be as well.
Grocery Shop Mindfully
You've probably heard the old advice about not grocery shopping hungry. In the summer, don't grocery shop if you're feeling carefree either. When you do shop, do it mindfully. Pay attention to what goes into your cart so that you know what goes into your mouth. If you don't buy it, you won't eat it! This one step goes a long way in keeping you on track for a healthy diet and a fit body too.
Some of our worst snacking habits happen when we're bored. We treat food as something to do rather than the fuel that it is. If this is a problem for you, stay busy this summer. Go to community events, hang with friends, or take trips to new locations. Find activities and projects that keep your hands busy and mind focused. This gives you less time for mindless snacking and in the long run, will probably encourage healthier habits overall.
It's easy to get off track in the summer. It's easy at any time of year, but the summer can be especially difficult. Use these tips to keep your diet and snacking under control. With a little help and a plan, you can make it through the summer -- and the rest of the year -- with your health moving in a positive direction.
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