As humans, we thrive off structure and routine. When changes are made in our routine, it can take time to adapt to our new routine and habits. And whether we realise it or not, our nutritional intake will be changing along with us.
Many factors influence our diet choices, from our environment, the amount of sleep we get, our daily stress levels and even our levels of boredom.
Here are some ways that will help you stick to your nutrition plan:
Should remain as consistent as possible. If you maintain quality amounts of sleep, your body will have a greater ability to make better eating choices, control blood sugar levels, digest food, sustain energy and stress levels. Try having a set sleep and wake time, regardless of whether you’re working from home or outside.
Number of and meal timings
Can be important when trying to keep structure in your days. It doesn’t matter how many you decide or which times in particular but have ball-park times to aim for as a guideline to reduce grazing and picking throughout the day. Try scheduling 3 meals and 1-2 snacks to start with, and adapt after a couple of weeks to find out what works best with your appetite.
Hydration is one of the biggest frustration for most individuals. Try to consume an adequate amount of water first thing when waking up so that you’re not playing catch up for the rest of the day. Have a bottle with you at all times that requires less filling up and helps when you have it in view whether on your desk or with you in the car.
Boredom ‘picking’ is not a habit you want to develop – there is nothing mindful about over-eating when you’ve got nothing else to do. A great way to avoid this is to simply stay busy. Give yourself daily tasks to do, whether that’s work, reading, learning, hobbies, fitness, yoga, stop and meditate or otherwise, it’ll be a way of keeping your mind occupied and away from thoughts of what’s in the fridge!
Try implementing these simple tips into your life, and don’t let your situation dictate your eating habits.
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