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Mindless snacking
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4 ways to prevent mindless snacking

If you often finish a packet of crisps without realising it, then here’s four ways to prevent mindless snacking

Have you ever heard of mindless snacking? Are you guilty of it? Well let us ask you this. Have you ever got through a box of popcorn while watching a movie but not remembered eating it? That’s mindless snacking! And it’s basically eating because you’re bored, frustrated or distracted. And it’s something most of us are guilty of. But, how do we stop?

Well, firstly we need to take a look at the triggers that cause you to start snacking. Are you hungry but ill-prepared? Are you bored and looking for something to do? Or are you stressed or upset and looking to make yourself feel better? It can be hard to figure out why you do something, but keeping a diary can help notice a pattern. And in the meantime, there’s a few hacks you can do to at least snack on healthier options.

Shop better

If you know that you’re prone to mindless snacking and are still trying to figure out why, then at least stock up on nutritious options. And place them front and centre. If you reach for the crisps because they’re easy, then substitute for veggie options and dips. If you go for chocolate, maybe go for fruit  with peanut butter that will curb that sweet tooth.

Take a minute

Are you hungry, are you bored or are you thirsty? Experts recommend having a few drinks of water before you start mindlessly eating to see if a lack of hydration is the problem. If you’re probably hydrated those hunger pangs might disappear.

Focus

Are you eating because you’re scrolling through Instagram, chatting on the phone or watching a rerun on TV? Remove distractions and try to focus on one thing at a time and see if that helps make a difference. And then ask yourself why you’re scrolling.

Trick yourself

If you’re worried about mindlessly eating but are still trying to figure out triggers, opt for smaller plates, smaller glasses or leave your left overs near you so you’re aware of what you’ve already eaten. Research shows that if you can see wrappers, bones, or leftovers, you become more aware of what you’ve eaten and start to become mindful.

Read more: What is mindfulness?