Snacking, especially at night is a challenge many people face. Sometimes simple distractions offer alternatives to eating. Choose the options that you might like to try.
1. Go for a walk – Get some fresh air, outside and away from the kitchen.
2. Phone a friend – Call a friend for a catch-up and a few laughs.
3. Watch a movie – Put on a DVD or stream a film and avoid the food ads in free-to-air television.
4. Complete a project – Start a home project you have wanted to do for a while. For example, paint a room, redecorate or repair something that’s broken.
5. Pick up a hobby – Re-engage yourself in a pastime you used to enjoy or try something you have always wanted to do.
6. Take a bath – Relax with some soothing oil and even a few candles around the bath.
7. Have a facial – Pamper yourself every once in a while. A facial, manicure, pedicure – they are all good.
8. Get an early night – Go to sleep earlier. It could be just what your body needs.
9. Read the papers – Absorb yourself in the news of the day.
10. Get lost in a novel – Read a bestseller.
11. Clean house – Catch up on some spring-cleaning.
12. Have a clean up – Clear out the spare room or garage.
13. Organise your day – Don’t leave it until bed time to organise your plans for the following day. Get it done early so you can relax, which can reduce your eating triggers.
14. Keep out of the kitchen – Once dinner is over, keep the kitchen off bounds and recruit family members to tidy and wash up.