The Hunger Game - How To Avoid Overeating

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking about your next meal while you are eating the current one. Food, glorious food, is as fickle as Nicole Scherzinger 2007-2015. One minute it’s your friend, next it’s as torturous as old mate Ramsay from Game of Thrones.

I think we have a few things to look to as why, namely how we have been taught to view food as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. To use it as a yard-stick on how much willpower you have. We also are terrible at using food as a reward. Take it from a girl who celebrates the opening of an envelope with a donut, but the biggest question is – what the hell do we do when we have a craving that just isn’t going away and food is calling your name?

Fear not, as I have found these top five tips to ensure that you’re not rifling through the cupboards as soon as your bag hits the floor when you walk in the door.

  1. Drink Some Water.

    You know that feeling when you’re scanning through the fridge but can’t quite put your finger on what it is you want? It is 9 times out of 10 a glass of water. Dehydration can often feel like hunger, so as boring as it sounds, down a glass of the h20,wait twenty and see how you go

  2. Don't Leave It So Long Between Meal Times.

    Ever looked at the clock and suddenly it’s been five hours since you last ate something (I know, me either, who are those people?!) We should be eating every 3-4 hours to keep your metabolism up and ensure you’re not eyeing up every candy bar in sight

  3. Eat Protein, Fat and Plenty of Veg.

    Loading up on protein, will keep you fuller for longer when you do eat. As will fat, and a majority of the vitamins and minerals your body gets from veggies are fat soluble, meaning they need fat for them to be absorbed into your body – pass the dressing please!

  4. Are You Really Hungry?

    I know that I am a boredom eater, a comfort eater, a celebratory eater, and the list goes on. Before you pop just one more chip in your mouth, ask yourself are you hungry for food. Or could you do with a bit of fresh air, a chat with a friend, or a 30 second dance party to Taylor Swift in the bathroom to shake it off

  5. Eat Like You Mean It.

    If you are going to inhale that birthday cake that Debbie bought in for morning tea, then do it and do it proudly. Ain’t no one interested in the chick who repeatedly sneaks up to the table to help herself to a her fifteenth ‘sliver’ when she could have had a proper slice, enjoyed every bite and been on her way.

So there you have it. A few little nuggets o’wisdom from yours truly on how to keep those sticky mitts from the cookie jar – well, at least for a half hour anyway!

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