Our physical environment can play a large role in our eating habits. If food is available and easily accessible we are more likely to eat it. The first step is to ensure your home environment is free of tempting unhealthy foods – no matter how hard you try to convince yourself you will ‘portion control’, if the food is there, chances are you will eat it.
The next step is to plan your meals and snacks to reduce those last minute hunger or craving decisions. If you have healthy tasty options at work and at home, you will be much less likely to seek out unhealthy alternatives. If you have a slow cooker this can be a great way to have healthy comfort food ready when you get home from work. Also include in your shop healthy comforting foods options that will be a good replacements for the unhealthy foods
Another strategy is to develop ways of coping with low moods other than with food. Start by brainstorming activities that will make you feel better on a stressful winter day. Create a plan for different moods and match them with activities that will make you feel better. When writing up your plan, include the triggers that lead to your unhelpful thoughts and feelings that cause unhealthy eating behaviours.