Today’s tip comes from Gretchen Rubin’s podcast (“Happier”). Her guest on Aug 25th, 2015 was A.J. Jacobs and he had a really good piece of advice: Eat from the fridge; not the pantry.
Often, when we think we are hungry, what we are actually experiencing is boredom, sadness, happiness, stress, or any number of other emotions: We aren’t always truly physically hungry.
And, when “hunger” does strike between meals, or late at night, it’s not often that we’re drawn to the healthier fare, most likely to be found in the fridge…Food like apples, broccoli, a boiled egg or a bowl of cottage cheese. Instead, it’s often the food that is "calling" to us from the pantry: highly processed and hyper-palatable foods that are either high in sugar, salt, fat; or a mixture of all!
So, the next time you’re hungry (especially if it’s not long after you’ve eaten; or later in the evening) ask yourself if you’re hungry enough to eat a big apple, a couple trees of broccoli, a hard boiled egg or a bowl of cottage cheese J If the answer is yes, you’re probably genuinely hungry!
If you’re someone who struggles with after-dinner snacking and you’re usually reaching for popcorn, chips or sweets, why not try this habit changer:
“I can eat after dinner if I am hungry, BUT the snack must come from the fridge and not be in a package” (it could be a piece of chicken, a protein, some veggies or some fruit).
That’s a good start. Send me a message if you’d like to chat about your own personal challenges with hunger!