I was thinking about this today, when I am idle I’m at the biggest risk to start eating food my body doesn’t need.
This is the biggest challenge in working from home, where the food is close and work isn’t intense enough to keep me away all day.
I alternate between a few strategies, maybe one of these might help you.
1. I keep some sugar free hard candy in the house. This gives me the sensation of eating with very minimal calories.
2. When I am about to go for a snack, I take a 10 minute break from work and run upstairs and do a quick bit of exercise. This makes me feel busy, and I don’t snack when I’m busy.
3. I always try to have food available that has an extremely low calorie count that I allow myself to eat as much of it as I want. The list includes: pickles, sugar free jello, cabbage, cucumbers, and celery.
4. I change my meal times to keep me from snacking. Meaning if it is 10:30 AM and I’m about to grab a snack, I might move lunch up to 11:30 and tell myself to hold out for an hour. An early lunch does to hurt me, but a bad snack might.