Stop Snacking Out of Habit or Stress

Woman Starring Into Refrigerator

Every day, you carefully watch your clock at work. When your morning, fifteen-minute break arrives, you immediately open your snack drawer in order to grab a bag of potato chips, a bar of candy, or a package of cookies. For the next few minutes, you mindlessly eat while browsing the internet, texting a loved one, or talking with your coworkers. Besides your morning respite, you also reach for the handle to that snack drawer whenever you feel stressed. You’ve devoured more snacks than you can count while attempting to meet looming deadlines or resolve conflicts. If you can relate to this troubling scenario, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, for many people, snacking is a major reason why they can’t successfully lose weight and keep it off for good.

To win the battle over unscrupulous snacking, you need to redefine what this favorite pastime of many represents. A snack should not be a security blanket for dealing with stressful situations. Munching should also not be a daily habit you can’t break. Instead, you ought to nibble on snacks only when you’re hungry. When eaten for the right reasons, a snack provides the fuel you require to remain active and alert until you eat your next meal.

Unfortunately, many people associate the word snack with calorie, sugar, fat, and sodium laden, processed foods. Healthy snacks don’t usually come out of bags or boxes. To fill your pantry and refrigerator with waistline friendly options, stock up on items like: 

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Canned tuna
  • Grilled chicken
  • Roasted turkey
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Plain Greek yogurt

If you need portable snacks to take to work or school, fill re-sealable containers, such as plastic bags, with measured servings of healthy alternatives. By choosing diet friendly snacks, and only eating them when you’re hungry, you might start dropping the pounds you’ve been so desperate to lose. Better yet, you may feel more energetic and alert than ever before.


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