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Snacking - Are you hungry or just bored?

With the new requirement to stay indoors, you may find yourself snacking a lot more;  Is this because you're hungry or because you're bored? 

If you've opened the fridge and stared intensely looking for something to snack on, only to be staring at it again 5 minutes later hoping something has changed, we can assume it's boredom creating the need to snack.  

Being at home all day you’ll feel inclined to snack and graze a little more than usual, so if you’re going to do it, make sure it’s not on junk. Eating lots of sugar and complex carbs will have a negative impact on your focus and energy levels, so sticking to foods like nuts, seeds, fruits & vegetables will be far more beneficial for you.

It's also important to remember that you're probably not as active as you used to be, meaning you probably don't need the number of calories you normally have... and if you haven't adjusted your diet accordingly you may end up tipping the scale a little more to the right than you're used to.  

Now, we're not saying no snacking, that would be impossible and unfair. We're saying limit the snacking, and instead choose healthier options that will sustain your body more and not leave you feeling guilty.

Here are some tips to help reduce the snacking:
  1. Drink a glass of water before reaching for the fridge
  2. Set time intervals for eating (at least 1.5 hours apart)
  3. Eat fruit and nuts instead of crisps, cookies and sweets
  4. Light or moderate exercise daily (this will also alleviate the guilt of snacking)
  5. Set goals and rewards - motivate yourself to keep busy and reward with a guilty pleasure

It is important to remember we need to keep our bodies healthy to keep our immune system strong, so eat a balanced diet, including healthy carbs, veg and proteins. Try to get at least 20 minutes of exercise a day; the intensity is up to you.

For healthy meal and snack options have a look at our menu. We make sure to include 2 delicious snacks every day to keep your cravings at bay and ensure regular eating intervals.

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