When you’re aware of this, you can start making changes. What can you do to reduce those reactive eating responses? You’re much more likely to eat and drink what’s right in front of you, so rearrange your fridge and pantry. Unless you’re planning on drinking tonight, put beer and wine downstairs, put the crackers on the top shelf so you need to get a chair to get them down. Keep a plate of chopped up vegetables at the front of the fridge, because they’ll be easier to access.
Then, start planning. Have you got a lunch meeting, do you need to take the kids to swimming, is there anything that might throw you off course? Start training yourself to see obstacles before they arise, so that you can consider that choice in advance. Think ‘I’ll have the veggie frittata at my lunch meeting’ so making the right food choice when you’re there becomes easier. These are just a few small changes you can do to help make healthier choices more accessible.
If you find yourself ordering takeaway three times a week, ask yourself why. Because you were tired, hungry, it was easy? Then consider how you could negate that. Bulk cook every second Sunday so you’ve got a bunch of nice meals in the freezer. Stick a list of five easy dinners on the fridge, so you can whip them up quickly instead of ordering in.