How To Avoid Snacking - The Work-From-Home Mum's Guide

In my book, A Model's Guide To Losing Weight Without Dieting, I devote an entire chapter of how you can train your body healthy while snacking on healthy, rather than fatty, calorie-rich foods. I just wanted to pinpoint a few extra tips here on how you can avoid popping food into your mouth at every opportunity.

Whether you're at home for an extended period, work from home, or there on a temporary basis, it's a difficult time for eating right and up-keeping all the healthy eating practices to which you were once accustomed.

I discussed 'shopping right' in detail in my book, because in my opinion this is the main event in your decision to graze less. If you don't have it in the fridge or the cupboard, you cannot consume it. Added to my list of tricks like the apple pieces and cereal bits, here are a few more quick tips to help you on your way.

1. Avoid wearing jogging bottoms and other 'lounging' trousers when you're at home for extended periods (like the holidays or when you're off work). Wear jeans so you can keep a sharp eye on the waistband when it starts to bite into the extra flesh around your tummy area. The earlier you realise you're gaining weight, the faster you can do something about it. Two pounds is far easier to shed than 20.

2. Brush your teeth after each meal. You won't feel like snacking with that minty-fresh taste in your mouth.

3. Chew gum while you're feeding the kids and cooking dinner. Gum and food don't go well together.

4. Place any snack you eat on a plate. Do not munch senselessly out of a jar or a packet, especially a giant sized pack. Know how much you're consuming so you can keep a lid on it.

5. If you buy crisps and other unhealthy snacks for the kids, keep them in the car boot (trunk) or store them in your shed. You're less likely to go out there to get them when you're bored.

6. Drink water when you feel 'peckish.' Thirst presents as hunger even when you're slightly dehydrated. I discuss this in more detail in A Model's Guide To Losing Weight Without Dieting.

7. Get dressed properly in the morning. There's nothing like a dressing-gown day to make you feel like pigging out. Getting dressed helps you retain your glamourous you. Nice clothes validate your style and self-esteem. You'll want to keep both of those intact.

8. Don't skip meals. Many overweight people tell me they don't eat breakfast or lunch. They think they're avoiding calories by missing meals, but what they're doing is consuming more fat by snacking between those meals when they get hungry. The quick snacks they have at hand are generally chocolate bars and crisps. 

Feel free to add your own list of things that stop you from snacking. I'm sure your ideas will help someone else stay trim.

Home-Made Remedy For Dry Heels

We pride ourselves here at The Relationship Supermarket on our self-improvement articles. Today's post is short and sweet, and is simply about improving the health of dry heels. If you consistently suffer from cracked, parched heels and are ashamed to wear strapped shoes and sandals in the summer, this is the home-made remedy for you to bookmark. Regain your self-confidence and step out in style in time for spring.

There is a simple, cheap way of waking up every morning with lovely baby-soft heels. The hardest part of the routine is sticking with it.

You will need
A pumice (heel scrubber)
Two pairs of old bed socks 
A tub of Vaseline

What to do
You'll need a two-month start-up routine, after which you can settle into a more relaxed phase.
  1. Rub Vaseline on heels every night before bed. 
  2. Wear bed socks to prevent Vaseline from sticking to bed linen. 
  3. In the morning, wash Vaseline off and firmly rub down with pumice while still wet.
  4. Apply your normal skin cream and dress feet as usual. 
  5. In addition to this, soak heels for 10 minutes in warm water three times a week (with a drop of bath lotion). This can be done easily in an old basin  while watching TV or reading on the couch. You can also do this while having a bath if you prefer. 
  6. After soaking, rub heels down carefully and completely with pumice. Apply Vaseline and start over.
  7. During the work day, it will help to moistures heels with your normal skin cream.
After two months 
Your heels are now softer and easier to manage, so you can adopt a more relaxed routine. When most of the hard skin build-up is gone, you will only need regular up-keep methods to maintain softer heels. For this you need the same 'equipment' as above.

Keep using Vaseline on your heels nightly. Make sure the socks you're wearing are bed socks which don't hold you too tightly around the ankles. Day wear socks are not suitable for sleeping in. 
Soak and scrub heels twice a week and if needed, also maintain a quick scrub when you wash or rub the Vaseline off in the morning.

If you can't use Vaseline, a heavy moisturiser will have to do but it will take a lot longer to make any difference.

Always remember to apply your normal skin cream to keep heels moisturised. 

Let me know how you get on. If you don't want to go the home remedy route as I've shown you above, I can recommend you buy this:

Spice Up Your Winter Health

Most of us stagger through winter with various sniffles, pains and ill health. Now that we’re well and truly halfway through the cold season, the healthy summer routine we got used to last year has fallen by the wayside. This is why I've put together a few quick ways to spruce up your well-being in the winter months, to keep the good health ticking over until we can welcome the sun into our lives again.

there's a lot you can do to spice up your winter health

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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