Firstly… if I’m absolutely ravenous then of course I’m going to have a snack. You only get one life and I’m certainly not going to make myself miserable by starving myself if I can help it.
What I’m referring to is the mindless eating AKA “Cadbury’s Heroes gate”. This (and eating anywhere except the table) is my biggest vice. It’s what throws me off course and leads to me feeling preeettyyy rubbish about myself and where I end up going down the path of mindless munchies. It also gives me terrible indigestion (this would be a great place to insert an affiliate link to Gaviscon!!).
There will be exceptions to the rule e.g. the cinema, a picnic or a day at the beach. But on my general day to day living, the snacking is getting the chop.
There was a time where we were encouraged to eat more meals in a day. By default we are encouraged to have two snacks a day. It’s what is considered ‘best’ for us. Do we always need them? Probably not. Do we eat them anyway? Well I do. Sometimes even more than two snacks.
I personally think this a door into an unhealthy relationship with food. It allows me to associate food with emotions, boredom and stress. Would I choose to stress eat if I were to sit down at a table? Probably not. Would I choose to stress eat during an actual meal? Again, probably not. Would I boredom eat if I knew I had to go sit at a table? Unlikely.
I spend a lot of my time watching my husband (and not in a creepy way!). He has an excellent relationship with food. He also remains a stable weight with a very good body fat percentage. He rarely snacks and always eats at the table. He’s my evidence base if anyone asks.
I’m going to attempt to stop snacking for 30 days and see what happens. Typically I don’t snack between breakfast and lunch but the rest of the time is currently free game. I normally don’t eat after 8PM because of indigestion but this could really do with being 7PM.
Now don’t fret. That’s all the behavioural changes I’ll be making this side of Christmas. It’s a bit of a weird Christmas this year as Tim is working most of it, my Mum is in hospital and it’s all a bit chaotic. We WILL be having a Christmas dinner but I don’t think there will be much else going on so I won’t need to worry about letting myself go too much. Even New Year will be quiet as Tim is working both New Year’s Eve AND New Year’s Day.
It will be the first Christmas in my 32 years of living that will be a bit of a nothing Christmas. Ah well, it happens to us all at some point.