With Memorial Day quickly approaching, it reminds me summer will be here soon. While I welcome warmer weather, I dread getting beach ready.

Every year as I age, it becomes harder and harder to shed the few pounds I gain during winter. Most of that weight is a result of my snacking.

To stop snack attacks and get beach ready, I follow these healthy tips:

1- Get plenty of rest.

If I don’t sleep well, I tend to snack during the day to stay awake. And that snacking is relying heavily on sugar products … a big NO when trying to shed weight.

Distractions during the night wakes me up, resulting in poor sleep quality. To minimize distractions, my pet’s bed is now relocated out of my bedroom into another room. Honestly, I haven’t missed waking up in the middle of the night because my pet is adjusting his bedding.

2- Replace processed snacks with healthy ones.

With the local farmers’ market restarting their season, it’s easier to replace processed snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables. I stop buying cookies and other processed snacks and replace them with grapes, strawberries, and blueberries. I also like to snack on sliced green peppers and cherry tomatoes.

3- Increase water intake.

While I typically drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water, I’ve increased it to ten. Drinking water tends to keep me full longer. By sipping water all day, I don’t have a desire to snack as much.

4-  Stop eating by 8PM.

For the most part, I stop eating by 8PM. This action allows me not to go to bed at 10PM with a full stomach. I sleep better and helps me control my snack attacks. I’ve noticed anything I eat after 8PM tends to be processed and high in sugar.

 

Initially, I miss my high sugar snacks. But after a week, I tend not to crave it — probably because I’m replacing it with healthier options. Yes, I would make life easier if I didn’t snack as much during the winter months – but how can you binge watch Netflix without snacking?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy, and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”