“Destruction starts in your own mind”. It takes a lot of guts to not reach for that one more chip when the packet is just lying in front of you. It takes a lot when your entire family & friends are having a celebration and all snacks are laid out beautifully on the table and you restrict yourself from overeating.
While you can easily reach out for that one more bite you’re longing for, being true to yourself is the most important. But how do I stop myself from indulging in eating junk food while at home?
Here are some tips as to how one can stop eating junk food while at home:-
1. Store Food Inside The Cupboard Out of sight, Out of mind. We’ve all heard that right? Refrain from keeping foods outside on the table as you’re more prone to eat something that’s easily within your reach.
Start making it a habit to keep foods within “closed doors” so that their proximity is practically more and you don’t get the random urge to go and pick on it whenever you eye it.
2. Buy Food In Small Quantities
Whenever you go grocery shopping, do not go if you’re also feeling peckish. Studies reveal that a hungry person is much more likely to buy more food when compared to a person who is not. Your current cravings flush out on what you’re buying thereby leading to more unnecessary shopping. If you’re craving for something, buy it in quantities that you can finish in one round, do not hoard as it more often than not leads to binging.
3. Avoid Ordering Food At Home
Habits rewire your brain. When you order food once, it becomes a habit as it’s much more convenient than getting up, getting ready, going out & buying food. However, when you do this, most times you realize that it isn’t the effort and your cravings die down by then.
However, if you really want something, you’ll put in the effort to buy it.
4. Avoid Hoarding
As mentioned in point 2, buying more quantities of something than required makes you more likely to get the urge or craving to eat more. Instead of buying large quantities, if more of the same item is needed in the future, one can have another grocery run which will probably make you realize whether you really want that item or not. Do not buy for later.
These were some of the basic tips one should adopt to avoid overeating and indulging in “unhealthy” foods, as these are much more addicting. While one can overeat “healthy foods” as well, high fat & sugary foods definitely take the win for the majority of the population.