4 Must-Have Tips for Preventing Impulsive Eating

Impulse eating is one of the toughest habits to break. Do your co-workers always bring delicious treats and food into work? Do you keep snacks around the house for the kids? Are you tempted to grab a snack when you are feeling bored? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, impulse eating is likely a big temptation in your life. Thankfully, with the right tools and strategies, breaking the habit of impulse eating is possible. Give these tips a try the next time you are tempted to eat impulsively.

Have a Plan
Plan ahead and identify when you are going to eat and what you are going to eat. While meal planning is one great way to do this, it does require quite a bit of planning ahead. If you are not ready to commit to meal planning, but still want to beat the temptation of impulse eating, start your mornings with a simple plan in your head. Think about what you will eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the approximate times you will be eating each meal. Then, when you are tempted to eat impulsively, remind yourself of your upcoming meal to curb the temptation.

Keep Healthy Snacks Around
Often times, the problem with impulse eating is not the fact that we are eating, it is what we are eating. Rather than going for the cake that is in the office for your co-worker’s birthday or munching on those chips you bought for your kids, keep healthy snacks around and choose those instead. Whether it is fresh fruit, vegetables or nuts, these are likely to fulfill your craving and keep you from giving in to temptation.

Eat Filling Foods
If you truly are feeling hungry when you are tempted to impulsively eating, it may be because you are not staying full long enough from your planned meals. Make sure you are eating foods that keep you full for longer. This is especially important during breakfast, because this is the fuel that will keep you going all day long. Try a filling meal of protein and fresh fruit to start your day for an idea of something that will keep you full for longer and help you avoid impulse eating.

Occupy Your Mind
Maybe hunger is not what is making you eat impulsively. For many, it is boredom. Picture this: it is three o’clock in the afternoon on a Wednesday. You are working on a project for work, but the task you are given is dull. Your body may be telling you it is time to eat impulsively. Instead, do something to occupy your mind and get back to work feeling refreshed. This could be taking a walk, doing a quick crossword puzzle or phone game, or some other quick activity you enjoy. Use this as a go-to the next time you are feeling tempted to eat impulsively.

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