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.


Judy Sheldon-Walker February 16, 2010 at 1:00 AM  

Anne, these are good tips for maintaining ones weight.

Ching Ya February 16, 2010 at 1:12 PM  

What a brilliant piece of advise. I can't help but stumble it before I even start to comment. :) Coincidentally, I apply the 'brush teeth after meal' habit - good for the oral hygiene and works just like the way you described. Good job on discovering other methods too.

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Anne Lyken-Garner February 16, 2010 at 1:47 PM  

Thanks Judy.
@ Ching Ya. Cheers for the stumble.

DoanLegacy February 17, 2010 at 12:46 AM  

Great tips and advice..Working from home needs lots of self discipline, indeed..

lizzie February 19, 2010 at 10:04 AM  

I am fortunate in that once I settle down to write, it never occurs to me to eat. I sometimes forget to have lunch and discover that it is mid afternoon. However, if I put anything edible on my desk, I would eat it because its there.

Icy BC February 27, 2010 at 9:39 PM  

While in the process of thinking and writing, I like to snack, but I only eat apple pieces, and oranges.

All are great tips, Anne!

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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