Mindless Eating
Mindless Eating

It happens every hour. No matter what I’m doing, I somehow think it would all go better if I have food in my hand. Doesn’t everything go better with a snack? That flawed thinking has put extra pounds on my frame this year. (The more I think about that sad fact, the more I want another snack…) This may be a case of Emotional Eating (source: Blue Cross of Idaho)! Mindless snacking can use up 1/3 to 1/2 our daily calorie allowance. Zowie! To help you control the Snack Attack, be sure you understand what’s in that ‘harmless’ food item you are chomping on at 2:30 in the afternoon; read the Label Quick Guide (source: Blue Cross of Idaho). Another helpful tool is the Snack Tracker. The Snack Tracker gives you space to not only track what you are snacking on, but also the time of day, what you are doing, and your hunger level. I found some very interesting personal trends when I used the tool. One Day of Beverages is another eye opener. How can you manage your snack attack? I try to do something to break the snack attack impulse when I feel it coming on. My favorite is to simply stand up and walk around. Another is to thumb through a good magazine or pick up a book. What have you found works for you to chase away the Snack Attack? Please share!