Posted on 20 Apr 2020 Views 7671 Comments 45
Since the not unexpected news about the continuation of the lockdown, we hope these tips will help you continue on plan and give you some ideas of how to cope while on plan, now that we have to endure yet another three weeks at home.
We know it can be hard to stay on track while on plan during what is a stressful and uncertain time we currently find ourselves. And that for some your weight loss goals are not the top of your agenda at the minute, but we would strongly encourage you to keep up with your Slim & Save plan!
I know this is easier said than done, right? However, it can be surprisingly easy; there are many simple ways to stay on track, trust me - you know I`m usually right! :p
Just because you and your fridge are now very close, i.e. a few feet away from each other, doesn’t mean that you have to keep saying hello and opening the door to it and taking food out! Ask yourself; am I really hungry or just bored?
It is also essential that you have a routine and maintain a sense of normality. Eat only when it`s mealtime and make sure that you are spacing out your packs every 3-4 hours. It’s a good idea to have plenty of hot or cold drinks in between packs to help take the edge off and keep hydrated.
You also need to hold yourself accountable. While at home self-isolating or working remotely, it can be very easy to become complacent and start grazing. Use your meal planner to account for everything that you are having each day and remember that you do have a 100 calorie buffer so you can have additional vegetables, milk, plain fat-free yoghurt (or some additional protein source on the Lifestyle plan). Why not have a look at the recipe album on the Official Facebook Group for some inspiration.
Keep up with your exercise. There are loads of free online exercise videos suitable on Youtube, and as exercise can help reduce stress, there is never a better time to start. Remember light to moderate aerobic type exercise is fine to do, and you can also use your outdoor time to go for a walk.
Emotional eating is widespread especially right now, so you might turn to food for comfort, but in doing so, you can start that road of overeating and go back to your old habits :/ Use the Facebook Group or Live Chat for some additional support, or call a friend who always makes you feel happy. We all know that once we have eaten that bag of crisps, a plate of chips or block of chocolate that we will feel ten times worse than we did before.
Take up a hobby. Being asked to stay inside and self-isolate can trigger feelings of restlessness and boredom, and this can lead to eating the wrong foods. So now is the ideal time to pick up a new hobby or continue with a firm favourite. Why not learn a new language for that holiday later on in the year, or try a free online course.
And don`t forget about sleep. Sleep is a vitally important part of your journey; your body needs to rest so that it can function correctly. A good nights sleep helps control the hunger hormones making it a little easier the following day. Take time to wind down at the end of the day, have a nice warm bath, or enjoy a hot chocolate shake to help you relax.
I hope that these tips help, and please feel free to share what you are doing to help alleviate your emotional eating.
Please keep safe and well! Lots of love Jo x
By Joanne Jones, Customer Care Advisor
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