With our busy lifestyles and convenience food being so, well, convenient, it can be a minefield trying to negotiate which foods work for us, and which work against us.
1. Firstly, start the day on the right foot. Breakfast is not to be underestimated. By leaving the house without breakfast, or with a high sugar, low carb meal, you’ll get hungry faster and you’ll get the urge to snack throughout the day.
By switching to a slow-release energy breakfast you’ll eat less in between meals.
Oats are the king of breakfast foods, and easy to prep. Either eat porridge topped with fruit and nuts, or if you’re really pushed for time, make overnight oats that you blitz with good stuff like apples and spices, refrigerate overnight in a jam jar or other reusable container, and boom – ready to grab in the morning.
2. Fill a bag with healthy snacks – if you’re susceptible to snacking then make it good stuff. Take a bag to work that includes a whole bunch of fruit, nuts, and healthy snacks. Take more than you think you’ll eat. Otherwise, when you get hungry you’ll just reach for something quick and high sugar.
3. Eating more isn’t always a bad thing. If you’re eating the right stuff, then you’ll feel like you need to eat more as the food you’re eating is being digested more quickly.
4. Another top tip is to really think about your hydration. Barely any of us drink enough. If you drink more water, herbal teas and sugar-free drinks during the day you’ll fill yourself up more and ten urge to eat will lessen. Often we confuse hunger with thirst, so take a re-useable bottle out and about with you, to work, or out shopping and remind yourself to drink more frequently.
Eating the right food can have a dramatic effect on your mood, improving energy levels and sleep patterns, which all help to bring stress levels right down.
it is worth the effort, the shopping and the cooking. Rubbish food really does catch up on me - not 18 any more!
I am one who might look like eats 'too much'. I have always have pudding after lunch! but it's pudding of nuts and raisins or a healthy muffin, so keeps me filled up and stops me snacking mid-afternoon.
Pre-planning for me too, and that means making healthy food in bulk so there's always something healthy to grab. Soup, pilafs, banana muffins...just make a load and you're sorted for the week.
I find that in a hurry equals grabbing rubbish food equals guilt equals stress! I know food shouldn't bring on guilt, but easier said than done. Definitely time for more pre-planning.