As much as i enjoy the idea of having cosy, do-nothing homey days… i like the idea more than i actually like them. My step-count is low and while it’s good to have rest-days, i always fall down the hole of eating rubbish and feeling immensely guilty. I have my first bikini holiday in about six years coming up and i want to look good and saving for it has meant lots of staying at home days. I’ve had to be really strict with myself so here are some of my tips to cut out the junk snacks on homey days!
Plan your food for the day
What you’re going to eat and when. This makes you less likely so skip meals or compensate a meal with snacks. I tend to have my breakfast at 9am, lunch at 2pm and dinner at 7pm. I also like to know what i’m eating for each meal so i know where i need to incorporate fruits or vegetables into my snacks.
Try a new recipe
A day off is a perfect day for a new recipe! Pull out a cook book, make sure you have everything you need and go nuts! Jo Wicks is great for quick recipes, as is The Lean Machies and Niomi Smart. Trying new recipes is an easy way to make your food day more exciting.
Drink a glass of water/ diluting juice with everything you eat
Our bodies frequently mistake dehydration for hunger blah…blah…blah, we all know this. Drink a glass of water or diluting juice with everything you eat whether that be a meal or a snack. You’re going to feel fuller with less food.
Keep yourself occupied when you’re not doing a lot
When i’m sitting around bored, watching TV or Youtube is when i get the urge to dive into my chocolate stash. Have a bath, moisturise, tidy out a drawer in your bedroom, paint your nails, do a face mask. These will all keep you occupied and stop you reaching for that junk food.
Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth is a great way to stop yourself snacking because no one wants to eat when they’ve just brushed their teeth. You should only be brushing your teeth three times a day max, so incorporate this into your day.
Hit your 5-a-day, then hit the rest
I try and have my 5-a-day then, if i’m still hungry i’ll snack on something else. 90% of the time, i’m not still hungry. 1 of your 5-a-day is an 80g portion so weigh things out and you’ll be surprised how difficult it is to hit and how filling it can be.
Open one thing at a time
I can have chocolate in my room for months on end and i won’t touch it but, the minute i open it i’ll eat it all within a day or two. If i only open one thing every 4 days, i have to make it last me.
Those £1 sharer bags or bars of chocolate that you pick up in the supermarket, maybe last two servings? But chances are, you wouldn’t eat that quantity if you’d bought individual bags. When it’s mixed together, it’s easy to forget portion control and you eat much more than you intended. Weigh these out into the recommended portions, put them in individual freezer bags and you’re aware of the portion sizes your eating.
Set a time limit on your weakness
Give yourself rules. I don’t allow myself chocolate, at home, through the week before 6pm and try and have 1 chocolate free day a week. Chocolate is my weakness and my bad habit so adapt this to yours. I’d say live an 80%-20% lifestyle on this, don’t ban yourself for special occasions.
I hope some of these tips have been helpful, please share your own in the comments below!
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