#1 – Set a Timer
#2 – Leave the Premises
#3 – Clean
You want to hear something funny? To avoid snacking before dinner, I purposely wait to do my usual “chores” after I’m done with my work. I’ll walk downstairs and feed our dog and cats, clean the litter box, and take out the trash. If I still want to snack just because I’m waiting for dinner, I’ll play with my boys to keep myself busy.
You can do the same. If you’re craving to snack and you’re not hungry, do some cleaning. Sounds crazy, but it works.
#4 – Try Decaf Coffee
I’ll sometimes do this at night. I can’t help myself. When an episode of The Walking Dead comes on, it just feels like the right thing to do is to munch on something.
Ha. Ha-ha. Ha-ha-ha. Get it? Munch? You know… like the Walkers? No? OK.
Anyway, I’ll make myself a cup of decaf coffee. It curbs my appetite and since it takes a while to drink, my desire to eat goes away.
#5 Read an Inspirational Book
I have a stack of books I’m trying to get through. But get this… reach for one when a snacking attack hits. It will change your mindset and get you excited that you’re doing something positive for yourself.
It sounds like a whacky trick, but it does work. I’m a big Max Lucado fan (“Fearless” is awesome and I highly recommend it). I’m currently reading “Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life”. I’m only 60 pages in, but I’m loving it.
Hopefully that helps with the snacking.