So many times when we are coaching our clients about creating new Fitness and Lifestyle habits the issue of snacks come up as one area where many people feel very challenged!
Perhaps it’s the “carb-y” before bed snack of toast and peanut butter or cereal or munching on a salty snack like chips or popcorn while cozy-ing up for your latest Netflix obsession, for many of us these routines are just that, a routine or a habit.
If you want to change the habit, first you have to be aware of it and how often you do it…you may not even realize that you do it 5 out of 7 nights until you track it. Wowzers – a lot of us do things very frequently without realizing just how frequent it is!!
Things to think about if you want change………
Am I really hungry right now? If so, what does my body need that I may not have had enough of today? (chances are it’s not refined grains or sugar!)
How am I feeling? Many times we eat to cover, soothe or distract from an unpleasant or unwanted emotion. Boredom, loneliness and feeling out of control are common ones. If it is an emotion you are becoming aware of – what else could you do to soothe that? Take a hot luxurious bath, email an old friend to see how they are, write down how you feel, listen to some tunes, read a good book?
Do I have an all or nothing attitude? i.e.. “I want to not eat in the evenings anymore so I will never have anything but water pass my lips after 7pm.” Habits take time to change, try replacing your snack with a healthier alternative ie. 1-2 tbsp. almond butter and apple 3x/ week and have one night a week for your old fave. When you have an all or nothing attitude, you create a forbidden fruit! If I tell you not to think about ice cream, the first thing you will think about is ice cream. Right? So be realistic, many small changes can add up to big results.
Does this choice I am about to make align with my goals? ie. am I getting myself closer or further from my goal with this choice?
Be aware of what your habits are, ask yourself the questions……then, with awareness set out to create new ones that align with your goals and long term vision.
If you have questions about this or anything else, don’t be shy to reach out! Kim + Stevie are here for you! firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want some extra help developing new habits think about trying out our next 28 Day KickStart Check it out here!