Tips To Combat Comfort Eating During Winter
As it starts to get cold outside we tend to crave warm, delicious comfort foods. These comfort foods tend to be the high fat, high carb type of foods - I’m talking macaroni cheese, pizzas, garlic bread, a big bowl of warm pasta, decadent hot chocolates… and the list goes on.
But what if you’re on a health journey or trying to lose weight?! How do you combat these high fat, high carb cravings throughout the winter months?
Well Mamas we are here to help! Here are some tips to combat those cravings:
Eat protein rich meals during the day
Protein can help you stay full for longer and hence potentially stop you from overeating during the day. Food that are rich in protein include lean meats, chicken, fish, legumes, eggs, and dairy products such as yoghurt. It’s important to have protein at every meal, not only to keep you full but protein is the building blocks of the body and provides us with essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Struggling to get protein throughout your day? The Slim Mama Shake is packed with 24g of protein per serve, which can help you stay fuller for longer. This means less snacking on comfort foods!
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Don’t stop it, swap it
Remove unhealthy snacks from the cupboard and restock with healthy ones. When your cravings take you to the cupboard, you’ll only have healthy options waiting. For example, instead of having high sugar hot chocolate sachets in the cupboard, opt for the low sugar version, or make your own using cocoa powder, milk, and sweetener of choice! If it’s something salty you're craving, instead of having a large family size packet of chips in the cupboard (which we all know can be eaten in one night!), opt for the individual portion controlled packets, such as air-popped popcorn which has only 95-100 calories per packet! Unsure which ones I mean? Think of the little packets you give to your kids in their lunch box.
Planning ahead is a great way to ensure you will stay on track with your goals and won’t be more tempted by your winter cravings. Easy ways to be prepared include making enough salad for lunch when cooking dinner, making enough for leftovers the next day, having healthy snacks handy such as raw fruit and nut balls, yoghurt, fresh fruit, seed and nut mixes, homemade dips, and vegetables.
If you have an opportunity on a Sunday, meal prep some portion controlled meals and chuck them in the freezer, so when it gets to 2pm and you realise you haven't had lunch you can easily pop your pre-made lunch in the microwave.
There are also a lot of healthy frozen meals options at Woolworths or Coles these days. Just make sure the kilojoule levels are between 1200 - 1450kj.
Practise mindful eating
Being a Mama means sometimes we've gotta eat on the run! While it is time efficient, eating in a rush can cause digestion issues, as well as feeling unsatisfied or hungry after a meal.
Mindful eating not only allows you to enjoy your food and all the flavours, but also helps you digest food properly and tune into your hunger signals. Doing this can help prevent overeating and support weight loss.
Bottom line - eat slowly and enjoy one bite at a time!