Am I hungry or am I bored? Tips on how to stop those hunger cravings.

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I don’t know about you but the main reason that I snack is that I am bored! Whether that be in the office on a particularly slow work day or at home watching Netflix. I have a habit of feeling like I need to constantly reach for a bag of crisps, piece or toast or even cheese on crackers (I know very bad but I can’t help it!). I’ve become so frustrated with myself that I have come up with a list of handy tips in order to try to stop myself raiding the fridge and consuming those extra calories that I certainly do not need…

You may be dehydrated…

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There is a good chance you may be dehydrated rather than hungry. A good tip is to have a glass of water and if you are still hungry after half an hour have something to eat. It is important not to starve yourself if you are genuinely hungry.

Do exercise…

I always feel less hungry after a workout. It could be because my mind is somewhere else and off food. It could also be that after working out I don’t want to have wasted those calories I have burned by going and eating unhealthily. It doesn’t have to be a big workout even a walk to feed the ducks will do (plus if you throw your leftover bread at the ducks there’s less chance of you eating it!).

Go on your favourite time wasting website or play your favourite game on your phone…

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We all know we can waste hours doing this and its a great way of taking your mind out of the kitchen. Unless your favourite sites are cooking sites then maybe give it a miss!

Brush your teeth…

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I seriously love this one for two reasons… 1. If I brush my teeth I’m not going to eat anything else because I am too lazy to go and brush them again! 2. The minty toothpaste makes all food taste weird. Also you’ll have lovely fresh breath so it’s win win!

Watch your favourite TV show…

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Before you know it you could be a few episodes in and have forgotten all about your cravings. Mine is Game of Thrones, House of Cards or Dirk Gently. Swap binge eating for binge watching!

Pamper yourself…

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Maybe this tip is more for the ladies but seriously paint your nails, apply a face mask or just have a relaxing bath. Not only will you distract yourself but you will make yourself feel better in the process.

Be creative…

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Channel your energy into creating something. I am currently making a Christmas wreath for next year using left over Christmas cards. I actually really feel like I am achieving something by creating something lovely to to add to our home. not to mention my hands are busy so I literally can’t reach for the biscuits. I would suggest Pinterest as a great site to get some craft ideas. However even if being crafty isn’t your thing there are plenty of opportunities out there for you to be creative. You could even start a blog. Writing this blog for me has been a great distraction as well as an amazing source of motivation and support from all you guys!

Most importantly…

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Be happy and live life! Don’t beat yourself up for eating what you want every once in a while. We all deserve a treat sometimes 🙂

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