...finding solutions for the mid-afternoon slump...
If you find yourself reaching for the chocolate, sugar, and caffeine around 3:00, you're not alone! In fact, google it and you will find yourself with several hits that talk about this not-uncommon phenomenon.
Have no fear, I'm not advocating giving up chocolate entirely! There is a difference between eating a little chocolate for pleasure as opposed to mindlessly noshing to stay awake. Here are a few reasons we reach for the highly sweetened and caffeinated snacks in the middle of the afternoon:
What do you think? Do any of these potential triggers sound familiar? None of us is immune, but there are ways past that afternoon mindless gobble session!
Don't Beat Yourself Up. This is no time for self shaming, negative self-talk, or body sabotage. So what if yesterday a few chocolate bars or a large piece of cake suddenly disappeared? Today is a new day. Each moment, in fact, a new moment, an opportunity we all have to start over. Make that moment NOW.
Take a Moment. Allow a really deep breath. Think about why that chocolate bar, extra large muffin, or maple latte sounds so good. Just for a moment, consider the trigger. Am I hungry? Am I tired? What did I eat for lunch? Am I bored? When did I last have a glass of water? Am I fighting with my husband? Kids?
Consider Alternatives. This gets easier with practice, and with planning ahead. But in the here and now, think about what you can eat or do instead of giving in to your craving, just for this moment.
Sometimes we have no choice about where we eat for lunch...but we can always choose what we eat. I've compiled a handy guide with good information for those times we're out and about and eating on the go.
From plain potatoes to sushi to grilled skewers, fast food can be smarter.
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Meal Planning: Kick that Craving to the Curb!
Meal planning is, at its' most basic level, planning ahead the food that you'll eat during the course of the day. All of us do it, to one extent or another, even if it's a quick thought while you're standing in line at the coffee shop or as you're cruising the grocery store or sitting parked in traffic on your way home from work. Some of us are more detailed, some less. The key to killing most afternoon slumps is to plan smarter, not harder.
I hear about this same frustration from so many people! From time to time, everyone suffers from the afternoon slump, myself included. I hope this post has helped you find a concrete way to work around chocolate attacks! People are complex creatures, and no one is a "one-size-fits-all" when it comes to solutions that work. This is merely a tool kit I've put together to help you find your best self.
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All the best, friends.
You don't have to yield to temptation!