You might have heard the term “pandemic pounds”. Plenty of people are trying to lose them right now! Did your eating plan suffer during the pandemic? If so, you’re not alone. If you fell into one or more of the following bad habits, here’s how to change them.
Boredom snacking. With many social activities shut down for the past year, and some of us now working from home, you might have begun to snack out of boredom. If you commit to logging every single bite you eat in a food journal, you will probably find yourself feeling more accountable. Once you’ve seen the reality of your snack habit, start stashing snack foods out of reach, or stock fewer of them in your house. Ask family members to hide their special snacks if you feel too tempted by them.
Eating as a coping mechanism. Food is a common coping mechanism, and unfortunately we tend to reach for fatty or sugary options. If you’re already aware that you’re using food to cope with stress, start by identifying other measures you can take. Find activities that distract you, or replace your snack habit with something healthier like a walk, meditation, a hot bath, and so on.
You overeat at each meal. Maybe it’s because you’re stuck at home, or you’re learning to cook new, delicious dishes as a new hobby. But if you’re overeating, it’s time to practice mindful eating instead. Eat more slowly, take notice of your hunger and fullness cues, put down your fork between bites, and sip water throughout the meal. When you begin to feel full, stop eating.
You’re worried about an eating disorder. For some people, eating disorders result from the need for control during stressful situations. If you suspect you’re developing an eating disorder, talk to your doctor or call the National Eating Disorders Association’s helpline at 1-800-931-2237.
And of course, if you’re worried about nutrition or weight loss in general, give us a call. We can get you started on a healthier eating plan right away, and help you achieve your goals.