COVID-19 has many of us who are used to a normal schedule with work and school finding ourselves with a lot more time at home. While this less structured routine has its advantages, it also presents some challenges for those trying to lose or maintain weight.
Being at home more often can tempt you into all day eating because of boredom or stress. So here on some tips and tricks to help you avoid those quarantine binges:
Know the difference between hunger and cravings.
- Ask yourself, “Does an apple sound good right now?” If the answer is yes, you’re probably hungry. If the answer is no, you’re most likely having a craving.
Research says cravings only last about 5 minutes so distract yourself!
- Mental and physical distractions like calling a friend, reading a book, going for a walk, or riding your bike are all ways to refocus on something other than the food you’re craving.
Create your own routine.
- Designate meal and snack times so you can avoid grazing throughout the day.
Stock your pantry and fridge with healthy items.
- Avoid buying junk food if possible. Whatever is convenient will typically be eaten first so cut up fruits and vegetables so they’re ready to go.
Incorporate cooking as part of your lesson.
- You can teach math with measuring cups and spoons, science with your stove and oven, and art with the different colors of food and plating. This will keep you and your kids busy and will lead to a healthy, home-cooked meal!
Put down the wine glass and the bottle of beer.
- Alcohol consumption leads to excess calorie intake and weight gain. Try avoiding alcohol during the week and saving your glass (or 2) for the weekend.