I don’t know about you, but I eat when I’m bored. And by ‘bored’ I mean when watching tv shows, studying, reading etc. Anything I do by myself, that doesn’t require any physical activity, will almost automatically push me to walk to the kitchen, open the cupboard and pick something to eat (think nuts, a protein bar, yogurt, dried fruits, nut butters, dates etc.).
Now, as you can imagine, this constant snacking often leads to a higher daily caloric intake. So in order to avoid this I have been trying to implement a new habit: snacking on veggies (and it works!). This probably sounds a bit strange to some people (people with self-control) but if you’re having a hard time saying no to food when you’re bored, replacing the foods you eat with smarter alternatives might be the way to go.
How to go about it
I’m not saying veggies should serve as a replacement for all of your snacks (no no no, I’m not that mean). Simply, go for veggies if you know you’re not actually hungry but bored.
- Pick a container and choose your favourite (raw) veggies.
- Cut them in to sticks, cubes, squares etc.
- Do this every morning or evening (for the next day) and promise yourself to eat all of them that day. By doing this, you’ll add a sort of challenge: finishing the veggies. I suggest starting small and building up from there so it doesn’t seem like you’re punishing yourself!
- Leave them in the fridge or bring them with you to work or school.
- I suggest having them with some sea salt. No, I command you to have them with salt.
- Cherry tomatoes
- Raw broccoli (if you’re one of those people)
Let me know how it goes!