Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, I have been unable to stop eating. This was something I noticed immediately during the first month of COVID-19. It was like my body did not know how long this break was gonna last, so we were gonna binge like it was a vacation. I ate cake, cookies, and popcorn like it was nobody’s business. Anything that hit my pantry did not last until the end of the week. It was the fastest turnover of snacks in my household I had ever seen. But then, horrifically, COVID-19 kept going, but my hunger could not.
I would not even dare to look in the mirror. I had lost so much weight from the stress of work and in two weeks I felt like I gained it all back. Every virtual work meeting I attended involved the female staff complaining of weight gain and laziness. I also found myself eating due to extra time.
Once the coronavirus pandemic seemed to be here to stay, I found it hard to not be overeating. It was so easy to be at work and snacking at the same time from the comfortability of my own home. Although I was not going out to eat, I was still splurging on junk food at home.
I am going to share with you some of the ways I have found to fight this overeating and excess time to overeat.
Drinking Plenty of Water
I downloaded an app on my phone called Plant Nanny, which is a cute app that helps you track how much water you drink. Anytime you drink water you input into the app and you feed water to the cute plant UI. If you do not drink enough water, your plant will not get enough water and die. You can grow different plant species too. It is a cute way to bring accountability to your water intake. The programme also calculates how much water intake you should consume based on your lifestyle habits. Often when people feel hungry, it is actually feeling thirsty. If you feel hungry it can be helpful to drink water to alleviate this feeling.
Avoid Snack Breaks
Snack breaks can be the worst thing for overeaters, especially at home. Often, from being home, it is more accessible to grab snacks and things for the go. Additionally, it is easier to have a meal or make leftovers. Although this may be beneficial, depending on what you are eating can be the negative part, which makes one’s eating habits unhealthy. Try to take breaks without drinking coffee or eating snacks. Instead, take breaks from work that do not involve the kitchen, or substitute in water breaks instead.
Keep to a Meal Schedule
It can be easy to be eating at all different times when working from home or virtually. It is important to still schedule a lunch break and your meals accordingly. If you prefer to have smaller portions make sure you are incorporating more meal times at different intervals. If you are just a lunch person, like me, make sure to keep your lunchtime consistent to help you get through your workday.
Brush After Each Meal
Many women do not carry a toothbrush in their purses at work. However at home, a bathroom, and your personal toothbrush are easily accessible. Brushing your teeth, especially after each meal, may be something you forgot was an important health benefit for your teeth. Remember to brush your teeth after each meal. I do not know about you, but this step helps me stop overeating because I hate tasting mint with any food. Therefore, I never brush my teeth and then eat right away.
Avoid Trigger Foods
A delicious Dunkin donut chocolate or strawberry frosted is simply something I cannot resist. Be mindful of what your trigger foods are; the foods you just cannot avoid. I make sure to keep donuts out of my house, and I avoid buying them on any outing. Another thing to avoid is the ice cream trucks when working from home. My best advice is to play music while working to avoid its siren call.
This one may be a little surprising; however, it is important to eat slowly. When working virtually, make sure to give yourself a lunchtime and take the whole time for that lunch hour. Make sure to eat slowly because that helps you fill up faster, which will help you to avoid overeating.
What are some healthy practices you take part in to avoid overeating?