27 Mar Tips for Healthy Eating While You’re Stuck at Home
Are you eating more than usual while you are stuck at home? Do you find yourself mindlessly snacking and eating ALL THE THINGS in the refrigerator and pantry?
You are NOT alone!
There are a few reasons this may be happening.
1. Survival Instincts
Over the past few weeks, we have been bombarded with images of empty shelves at the store and people in long lines to get groceries. Our brain was receiving the message that we may not have enough food. So what is the instinctual response? To eat, and eat as much as you can so you don’t starve! Of course, now we know that this is not going to happen. Grocery stores will remain open and will not run out of food. But just being aware of this can be helpful to turn this habit around. You are not going to starve, so you don’t need to overeat.
Some of us are working and homeschooling, while some of us are finding ourselves with more time on our hands. Sometimes boredom can lead to eating more. If this applies to you, then it’s time to set the intention to be more aware and mindful. When you find yourself heading to the refrigerator or pantry, ask yourself WHY you are eating. Are you eating because you are truly hungry or your body needs some type of nutrition, or are you eating because you are bored. If it’s because you are bored, make a list of other things you can do instead.
3. Stress or Negative Emotions
Eating to numb or cope with emotions is very common, and something that hypnosis can very effectively help. This one goes a little deeper and does require some emotional and thought work to overcome. The first step is to be aware of what you are feeling. Maybe this time is your call to action to really sit with yourself and pay attention to how you are feeling. If you discover that you are eating because you are feeling scared, anxious, sad, lonely, overwhelmed or stressed, it’s important to acknowledge that and to figure out what you can do instead to work through that emotion in a more life-affirming way. Health coaching or hypnotherapy can really help with this.
4. It’s There
If it’s there, you are more likely to eat it. Be intentional with what you buy in the store. Even if your kiddos like the unhealthy snacks, buy just enough for them and buy some healthy options for yourself. Some ideas include:
- Healthy Trail Mix that includes dried fruit, nuts and seeds (no added sugar)
- Fruits that are easy to eat, like bananas, clementines, apples and berries
- A green smoothie or protein smoothie
- Vegetables with hummus or nut butter
- Healthy protein bars (I like Rx bars and Go Macro bars)
- Hard boiled eggs
- Greek yogurt
- Plantain chips
- Rotisserie chicken mixed with some avocado mayo
You don’t have to go backwards with your healthy habits right now. It’s more important than ever to stay healthy and take care of your body. Be aware of why you are eating, which will allow you to make a different choice. Listen to your body, and practice intuitive eating.