Snacking is our bane when we’re cut off from our regular routines, especially when homebound. Especially when stressed.
It’s so easy – all the treats are Right There. And there are SO MANY of them.
It can feel almost impossible to keep from grazing your way through the long days, and the longer nights.
But continuous eating, especially the junky and sweet stuff, starts to backfire on you pretty quickly. It can throw off your mood, your energy, your digestion and your sleep. Eating too much sugar can even compromise your immune system – not awesome right now. And of course, with all “craving carbs”, the more you eat, the more you want.
So what can you do?
- If snacking is you in vacation mode, try establishing a brand new daily routine for sheltered-in-place. Our metabolisms are like toddlers – they thrive on consistent routine. Setting up regular mealtimes (that include protein) can help your body tune its hunger cues, kicking them up before a meal and tamping them down between meals. Adding in some structured times for waking up, movement, getting outside, doing tasks and going to bed will also help restore your normal eating “presets”.
- If snacking is you looking for security and comfort when you feel rattled or unsafe, try showing yourself some real compassion. How would you speak to a fearful child right now? What would you do to comfort them? Use that language with yourself. Do those things. Maybe muffle the noise level around you, snuggle yourself up with warm blankets or in a warm bath. Gently reassure yourself that you will get through this, that everything changes in time.
- If snacking is you trying to manage a torrent of challenging feelings, try imagining a strong bright flame burning inside you. Imagine that this flame keeps you warm all the time, while it burns up any feelings, thoughts, or energies that are not serving you right now. It’s effortless – it just burns to harmless ash anything harmful or unnecessary that rises up on your radar on contact. If visualization is challenging for you, try doing some tapping/ EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). It’s simple and free to learn online and can be powerfully effective for discharging surging feelings.
- If snacking is you looking for something to fill new holes in your life left by absent work, company, community or something else, try actually being with the void for a minute before you rush to fill it with food. Though it might feel uncomfortable at first, this new open space in so many of our lives can be a gift. Think about it. The machine of our collective daily grind has actually downshifted in a massive and unprecedented way. See if you can use the boredom or the loneliness to nudge you into a state of spaciousness. It’s an invitation to feel what it’s like to just let things be. This is the PERFECT time to try a simple meditation practice.
- If snacking is you feeling aimless or even helpless, try finding something to engage you deep in your belly. I’m not talking about keeping busy here. You’ve already tried a bunch of mindless stimulation and you already know it doesn’t work. Endlessly cruising different entertainment screens is just another form of junk food – it leaves you feeling bloated and unsatisfied. See if there’s anything calling to you from deep within that actually lights you up. Think about something you always said you’d explore if you had the time, or a way to help others right now. When you find something that gives you an actual shiver or warmth deep in your bones, you’ll know you’re on the right track.
- If snacking is just you feeling overwhelmed, try clearing something out. Anything. Clearing a space on the outside helps clear some space on the inside. Truth. Try it and see for yourself. If you don’t have a lot of energy, try clearing out your wallet or purse, a junk drawer or a pantry cupboard. Start anywhere and watch what happens.
Clearing out is actually the first “off the plate” step of my lifestyle change program – the MeBoot. If you’ve got some extra time, now is the perfect time to dive into those teachings to help you balance your emotions and your eating in a gentle and more permanent way.
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If even that is too much for you to afford right now, email me at email@example.com and we’ll make it work for you.
We need to have each other’s backs right now.