I think one of my weaknesses is snacking, so much so that I think I prefer snacks to main meals! From what I can tell, it stems back to my childhood. You always knew it was a ‘special occasion’ when there was a little buffet on, with lots of snacky food, and I think I must just associate snacky food with good times! I seem to have conditioned myself to associate snacks with happiness, which is a very rocky road to travel down, because I always seem to be craving “a little something” – sometimes due to boredom, sometimes just due to habit.
For example, my habit at the moment is to have “something sweet” after a meal. I mean, I don’t NEED something sweet, my body doesn’t need it for fuel, it’s purely my brain going into habit-mode and just expecting it.
I think perhaps I need to deprive it of snacks. Just try a week or two with just three meals a day and then just ONE snack at that’s it.
Currently, my routine is:
6:30am protein shake
6:00pm final snack.
I mean what the hell? That’s three meals and FIVE snacks?!?!?
It’s totally unnecessary because I can guarantee that I’ve not been hungry for those snacks. It’s purely habit. So I need to reduce the about of snacks. I should swap my snacks for water, I think. And I mean actual water, not tea. I drink so much tea, but I really do need to have water as well (or even instead of). It’s tricky when it’s cold!