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5 Doable Ways to Stop Impulsive Eating and Unhealthy Cravings

Everyone loves a potato chip or two – but when snacking gets out of control, you’ll start to put on weight, your face gets puffier, and your complexion gets duller.

Snacking is harmless if done in moderation. However, impulsive snacking and binging on unhealthy snacks could be detrimental to your health. Excessive snacking could lead to weight gain and an increase in blood sugar. Moreover, snacking on junk foods like potato chips and candies could increase your cravings throughout the day – this could make you overindulge in unhealthy junk foods.

Sadly, breaking the habit of unhealthy and uncontrollable snacking is difficult. If you want to make a change in your lifestyle and eating habits, read on for 5 doable ways to snack healthily and curb cravings.


1. Banish junk food from your Kitchen

This is the first step towards curbing unhealthy cravings.

Out of sight, out of mind – banish junk food completely from your home!

Get rid of all the junk food in your house and avoid buying them. Instead, fill your fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables to snack on. Psychologically, having no junk food at home forces you to fill your tummy with more nutritious foods. This way, you reduce impulsive eating on unwholesome snacks.

Throw out these items:

  • Potato chips
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Crackers
  • Candies
  • Milk chocolates
  • Ice Cream
  • Biscuits
  • Instant Noodles
  • Muffins
  • Cakes
  • Carbonated Drinks


2. Stock your Kitchen with Healthy Treats Instead

Swap those potato chips and cookies with healthier snacks. This way, you can fill your tummy with wholesome foods but also avoid consuming too much processed sugars or sodium. When you make smarter snacking choices, you improve your overall health and keep the weight off.

Here are some healthy treats you can include in your diet to replace unhealthy snacks:

  • Blueberries
  • Unsalted pistachios
  • Unsalted Cashews
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Raw carrots
  • Bananas
  • Greek Yogurt (tip: try making a Greek Yogurt and Banana smoothie for a cooling drink on a hot day)
  • Apple slices
  • Chia seeds
  • Wholemeal bread
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter
  • Cold pressed green juice

These snacks are generally lower in calories and processed sugars than most snacks. Make sure to snack in moderation, too!


3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Believe it or not – thirst is often confused with hunger.

Before opening another bag of potato chips, drink a large glass of water and wait for a few minutes. After 5 minutes or so, you should be able to tell whether you are really hungry or just thirsty. If the craving goes away, you were probably just dehydrated!

However, if you really are hungry, try to eat healthier snacks like the ones we’ve listed above.

In addition, drinking more water could actually brighten your complexion and improve your overall health. So, carry a water bottle with you when you’re on-the-go and hydrate regularly!


4. Distract yourself  

Sometimes, we snack because we’re just bored.

The next time you feel like pigging out after a mundane day, try distracting yourself with a new movie or hobby.

Try taking a walk or a leisurely stroll and get some fresh air the next time you feel the urge to open a packet of Oreo biscuits. This way, you can shed some calories, too.

Otherwise, try taking up a new hobby and time it in such a way that coincides with the time of the day where you feel extremely restless and your cravings are at a peak.


5. Slow down

Sadly, it takes a while for our tummies to feel full – that’s why we tend to overeat, at times.

During lunch and dinner, slow down. Chew slowly. Take sips of water in between bites as you’re chatting over a meal with a friend. Enjoy your food and take your time. Your brain will eventually receive the satiety signal to tell you that you’re full. When you realize that you are fully satisfied, you reduce the chances of overeating or snacking on unhealthy foods.

Moreover, eating slowly is also better for your digestion and hinders bloating.