Don’t I know this dilemma!
Tactics to combat it?
- Get moving! Do some kind of activity, even housework if you are cooped up – SOMEthing will put your mind on other things.
- Reach for something healthy first. Sweeter whole fruits, for example, are a much better bet than sugary or fatty foods, and they are liable to fill you up with water and fiber, in addition to hitting your sweet tooth.
- Intellectualize. You know what’s really going on – own up to it, and don’t give in.
- Know your portions. If you have tried everything, and you are still feeling the overwhelming urge to snack, grab a pre-portioned package…not the full size. I’ve seen more and more snacks coming out in individual bags or packs – a wonderful thing! If your favorite crave-worthy item DOESN’T come that way…think ahead and make your own. Small snack ziplock bags are your best friend in this case. Not to mention, you can put those things higher up on a shelf, as an example, to make them more of a hassle to get to. Keep in mind the best defense is not buying those things in the first place but…again…if you feel like deprivation will make things worse, and trigger binge eating, try the above method.