During lockdown, you are more likely to snack more between meals, making your mealtimes disappear into chaos. Boredom, stress, and loneliness all play a part in driving you to the snack cupboard. The result is your blood sugar levels going on a rollercoaster, so you keep feeling you need to eat something in order to stay happy. But it’s not all bad news. Lockdown can be a force for good, and here is what you can do to improve your diet and take control back of your eating habits.
- Set a schedule and stick to it
Build your schedule to include chunks of time for work, exercise, eating, and interacting with others so you are less likely to feel like the day is a big empty space – that usually leads to unnecessary snacking.
- Keep tasks separate
Don’t use your bedroom as a dining room. Aim to designate places in your home to eat, work, exercise and relax, and commit to undertaking these activities in these spaces separately.
- Hack your cravings
When we’re bored, it’s easy to turn to food, so keep busy. If you feel stuck, bored or frustrated, try to label the feeling and then try to find a small task to work on, change tasks entirely, take a break, or check in with a friend.
- Try a fasting-style diet
It’s easier than you think! Essentially, aim for a 12-hour gap between dinner and your meal next day. This helps your body optimise recovery, boosting your immunity system.
Power hack: Don’t wait until you’re hungry to decide what you’re going to eat! You may end up eating more or choosing something higher in calories. Plan your meal and snacks in advance for smart eating.