Melody Teh

4 easy ways to avoid food temptations

4 easy ways to avoid food temptations

While you may have made some health-conscious new year’s resolutions, it’s very easy for our good food intentions to go flying out the window as soon as the year starts to get busy and booked up with events. Luckily, there are a few easy strategies you can use to help avoid temptation while you’re out and about.

Eat consciously – There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a delicious savoury or sweet treat when you’re out and about – say at a party or BBQ. The problems only start when we completely lose track of what and how much we’ve eaten! With multiple courses on offer (nibbles/dips/chips, mains/salads/sides, dessert), a plethora of drink options and plenty of distraction, it’s very easy to overindulge without even realising it. Try and keep your food intake in check by holding onto the same plate for the evening (so that you can see what you’ve eaten previously), consciously noting and enjoying your food (instead of piling it into your mouth at rapid speed) and filling up on mains and salads as opposed to high calorie nibbles.

Eat well while at home – With all the deliciousness on offer at the shops and at parties, it’s easy to pile your shopping trolley and plate high with food you wouldn’t usually eat. Try and avoid temptation at home by sticking to your usual diet as much as possible and only bringing home occasional treats. By ensuring you’re eating adequate amounts of protein/carbs/good fats, you’ll help keep cravings in check and also feel more satisfied and less likely to overindulge when out.

Be treat wise – There’s nothing like a helping of delicious dessert to really top off a meal. While refraining completely isn’t always possible, being wise with what you choose to indulge in can help keep your healthy eating on track. Dark chocolate is a fantastic after dinner treat. Decadent and rich, a small amount goes a long way.

Manage your emotional health – Now that 2015 is in full swing you’re likely quite busy and that can also bring on a bout of stress and anxiety.  When we are feeling stressed, we often turn to food as a source of comfort. Unfortunately the food we turn to usually isn’t baby spinach or a healthy salad. Simple carbs, sugar and fat are generally what we crave. By managing your emotional health and staying on top of stress, we can help minimise cravings and emotional overeating.