In this time of the corona virus and the stay at home orders, most of our lives have become confined to our houses. While this time in our abodes allows us to live by a slower pace, it also puts us within steps of a ready supply of food. Many of us are feeling stressed and overwhelmed by all the changes the corona virus has wrought and this stress is driving us into the kitchen in search of a little comfort. Emotional eating is a common coping method but if you want to emerge from this time of social distancing wearing the same clothes you did when you started, smart snacking is important. Below are some tips to guide this journey.
- Only eat when you are hungry. Before reaching for a cookie or another handful of nuts ask yourself if you are hungry. If the answer is yes, then indulge but if you are actually bored or lonely or tired then do what you need to do to meet your actual need. Call a friend, take a nap, or start a new project- choose the activity that will take care of your need.
- Stock your kitchen with healthy choices. It is fine to have an indulgence or two in your house but try to have most options foods that will fill your body with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and lean meats are all excellent choices.
- Avoid eating from the bag. Be sure you pour a serving size of whatever snack you choose into a bowl and then put the bag back in the pantry. Eating straight from the package often leads to mindless overeating.
- Identify alternatives to eating. Make a list of alternative activities to meet your needs for stimulation and companionship. Post this list on the pantry or fridge door to remind you of all the options you have to care for yourself.
- Stay hydrated. Thirst can be mistaken for hunger so ensure you avoid this pitfall but drinking plenty of no sugar beverages like water and tea.
Most of these are simple tricks to help you survive and thrive in this time of the virus.
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