I love snacking. I think that's pretty much a universal pastime that everyone enjoys. However, I'm one of those people who start snacking... and can't. freaking. stop. Overeating has been something that I've struggled with pretty much ever since I hit puberty. As I got older though, it stopped being those "time of the month" cravings and it started to become more of a habit. I would snack on some fruit, but end up eating the entire carton. Or I would eat a big dinner, convince myself that I absolutely needed to have some dessert, and end up helping myself to quite a few servings of ice cream. And let me tell you my friends, if you're like me and struggle with overeating AND you can't seem to grasp the concept of "portion control," it makes for some serious bloating and just an overall feeling of disgustingness (just me?). I am guilty of guilty eating. Where you eat something because it's so yummy looking and its calling your name, but 5 seconds after you've devoured it, you feel a wave of regret. The more I educate myself about health and nutrition though, I learn that you should never be feeling guilty about eating something after you've eaten it. And if you are, it might be a good idea to start looking into your diet and making changes so that you feel happy and (your belly's) satisfied!
Going to college has definitely sent my diet on a rollercoaster ride. Between trying to find healthy (& good tasting) food at the dining hall, unhealthy (& very tempting) snacks kept in the dorm room, & late night binge snacking due to stress and just COLLEGE, it's taken me a while to really get consistent and figure out what foods do and don't sit well with me. This is okay. Sure, it sucks to go to college determined to not gain any weight, but that's not realistic. There are so many new things you're introduced to and you're bound to slip up. But it's how you bounce back from that slip up that will really count! I wanted to share a few tips that I've been using lately that have helped me refrain from reaching for those unnecessary (& unhealthy) snacks that just seem to follow me around everywhere I go!!!! I'm not going to mention any foods that I like to snack on in this post because I've also learned that people's bodies and what makes everyone gain/lose weight can be very different depending on the person, but if you do want to see that in another post let me know and I'd be happy to share with y'all what I love.
TIPS TO AVOID OVEREATING
Ask yourself these three questions before you're about to start snacking or overeating.
#1: Am I really hungry or do I just want to eat it because it tastes good?
#2: How is this going to benefit my body both inside and outside?
#3: Am I going to regret eating this after I've done so if I do choose to eat it?
*9/10 the reason you want to "snack" on something or keep eating after a meal, is because you're actually just dehydrated or thirsty. Try drinking a glass of water before snacking and if you're still hungry afterwards, then eat. If not, don't eat.*
If water didn't help because you just need some flava flavvvv, brew yourself some good ol' tea. My favs are peppermint or rooibos (especially at night)! I mean plus, It's finally cold enough outside to drink it & not sweat while doing so!!
Once you've put yourself into the mindset of getting back on track, living a healthy lifestyle, and bettering your body, it's going to be easier to avoid frustrating eating habits like snacking and overeating. Yes, these tips are very very simple; but I promise, like I said, once you're in that positive, motivated headspace, these tips really do help! And the fact that they're simple is the reason they work, don't listen to that complex, over-the-top nonsense that magazines feed you.
Let me know if you liked this style of post where I just write out some tips for y'all because it's something I enjoy and hope to do more of soon! Maybe I'll do some holiday themed tips...
Stay warm (the holidays are upon us!!!) ☕️🍂🔥