How to Stop Mindless TV Snacking

Do you want to break the cycle of late night snacking?

It’s not unusual to want to flop down in front of the TV at the end of a long, hard day. But a lot of the ladies I work with admit to using this as an opportunity to fill themselves up with loads of junk food.

When you start digging into crisps and chocolate, it might feel like a treat but you’ll end up feeling pretty lousy at the end and wonder why you let yourself do that.

Late night snacking on the wrong foods is playing havoc with your blood sugar levels and setting off your cravings for more sweet foods which your body doesn’t need – especially late at night!

Eating while sat watching the TV is an association-based habit. Your mind has become used to the association of watching TV with having unhealthy snacks. But we can change this habit by changing the association. 

I want to share with you 3 tips on how you can break this cycle.

1. Start a hobby or project

When you’re munching your way through a mountain of rubbish you’re not really thinking about what you’re doing – you’re on auto-pilot. If you replace the eating with something else, you’re keeping yourself busy and distracted from the fact you’re not eating.

Needlework can be a great hobby as it keeps your hands busy and you get to create something at the end of it. Hopefully it can become a project you look forward to working on at the end of each day. 

2. Change your TV habits

I admit that I do love relaxing in front of the TV catching up on the latest series, and if that’s what you enjoy too, then great! But perhaps you don’t need to do it every single night. Have one or two evenings when you don’t turn the TV on. You could listen to music and try a bit of pampering instead by having a bath or using some home-based spa products. This will help you de-stress and unwind at the end of the day and gives you an excuse to focus on yourself and your well-being. 

3. Choose nourishing snacks

When you do settle down to watch something, and feel  that you would like a snack, try soothing hot drinks like Pukka’s night time tea or a scrummy hot chocolate. If you fancy eating something sweet, try Medjool dates filled with almond butter – they are totally heavenly and way better for you than sugar-laden chocolates.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tips and have found something you would like to try. I want you to pick one of these suggestions and make that change. Let me know how you get on!

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