Does this sound familiar to you: you kick start your day with the best of eating intentions, have a healthy meal for breakfast but, by lunchtime, those chocolate chip cookies hidden in your desk drawer at work are starting to sound really good. And dinner? Well, it’s enough saying your favorite pizza place doesn’t ask you for a delivery address anymore. According to Massive Health, most of us hit the wall in our daily race to eat well and the foods you eat for dinner are close to 16% less healthy than what you had for breakfast. However, there is good news! You can change your eating pattern by following these easy steps.
1. Healthy Breakfast: Have a healthy, filling breakfast each morning, to make sure you hold off hunger and prevent overeating later in the day. According to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, you are more likely to reach for high-sugar, high-fat snacks if you skip breakfast.
2. Control your lunch: Make sure you pack a healthy brown-bag lunch for work or school the night before to prevent eating out at lunchtime. Write yourself a note if you tend to forget your lunch. This way you won’t be tempted by all the chocolate and candy bars in the vending machines.
3. Go for healthy snacks: Have a couple of healthy snacks during the day, such as yogurt, fruit, vegetables and nuts. Place the snacks out on your desk so you will remember them and choose them over the vending machine. Carry snacks with you any time you leave the house, whether you’re visiting friends, running errands, or going shopping.
4. Watch what you drink: Always bring a water bottle with you wherever you go to avoid excess calories from beverages. If you’re a coffee drinker, make your own coffee at home so you can control how much sugar and cream goes into it for a lighter option.
5. Cravings, be gone: If you are craving unhealthy food at night, find an activity to use as a diversion, such as walking around the block or calling a friend to chat. The craving may go away if you can distract yourself long enough.