How To Overcome Bad eating Habits during Lockdown
COVID-19 pandemic disrupted a lot of things, including foods consumption pattern of human beings. Early this year, when the lockdown began, a lot of people purchased food items to sustain them through the period of the lockdown. But as the pandemic worsens, people began to use food to comfort themselves, hence, overeat or even eat 4-5 times a day to feel better. The result of this eating habit is a cycle of excess eating and related problems, including weight gain, which makes people feel remorse or embarrassed. Do you develop lousy eating habit during the lockdown and seriously looking for solutions? If yes, this article will help you out. Sit-down comfortably, get a glass of coffee and grab my tips on how to overcome bad eating habits developed during the lockdown.
Become aware and recognize the facts about your eating habits
Failure to recognize that you have an issue to deal with is a problem, and it’s always very frustrating. So, it’s imperative to understand that you have a terrible eating habit. This will help you become more aware and open to ideas to deal with it. You could assess your eating pattern by asking yourself some self-targeted questions about how you eat. Below are lists of questions that will help you to discover yourself and deal with the problem of bad eating habit:
- How do I feel?
- When am I feeling depressed the most?
- What situations make it hard for me to control my unwanted eating habits?
- What kinds of food am I craving for, and when?
- Am I easily transferred to any food that goes around?
Create a good eating plan for the day and maintain it
Having recognized that you have a bad eating habit, the next step is to create a good eating plan. This is because a good eating plan will prevent you from going to the kitchen, stopping by at any nearby restaurant or buying snacks or unnecessary nosh. Health24 also recommended a bit of time for work, relaxation, exercise, sleeping, and contact with others to kill the urge of either going to the kitchen or stopping by at any nearby restaurant unnecessarily. If you have a planned eating outline, you are less likely to feel like there are a space and a drawing to eat, which can make you feel confused and may lead to overeating. So, get a book and a pen right away and create your eating plan.
You cannot overcome poor eating habits when you forget your set goal of forming a new eating pattern. So, besides paying attention to what you eat and drink, you also need to focus on your schedule. Nutritionists and Dieticians suggested that people suffering from poor eating habit would be able to adjust if they focus on their eating plan and constantly check the list of food materials or ingredients presented to them or purchased. This will help them become more mindful of what they consume.
Avoid making up meals if you skipped a meal
It is possible to skip meals when you have tons of work, activities, or project you are working on, especially if you are working from home or you leave early for office. You may also not feel any hunger if you want to finish up a movie you’re watching because it is interesting. Look, it happens to everyone daily!
However, you may revolve to overeat when you felt you hadn’t eaten all day and you need to make up for those meals. This is a bad habit, and you must avoid it, else your food eaten pattern will become worse. Try to take breaks at intervals, especially when you are extremely busy. During such times, most especially at breaks, you could connect with your body, and when you know that you need to eat, you can get back to the task. By doing that, you would stop the habit of making up meals by overeating once you skipped a meal.