It’s the beginning of the new year, so we all know what that means: New Year’s resolutions. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to begin to eat healthy foods and exercise. Unfortunately, making a lifestyle change is not easy, and it can be even tougher if you’re a cannabis user. That is why we have put together this handy guide to help you stay medicated and stay focused on your health goals.
Got the Munchies? Eat Something Crunchy!
The hardest time to say no to a bowlful of potato chips is most certainly when you have the munchies. That is why it’s better to fill yourself up on something healthy.
Go for some raw vegetables or fruit that has a bit of crunch. This will kept curb your craving for whatever crunchy junk food you may usually choose.
Some of the best go-to snacks are:
– Carrot sticks (with optional ranch)
– Apple slices with peanut butter
– Celery sticks with peanut butter or cream cheese
– Broccoli (with optional ranch)
The fastest way to making a batch of cookies at 2:00 in the morning is sitting around doing nothing. Grazing is something we sometimes do, idly, especially when under the influence. However, if you aren’t sitting on the couch watching television, you’re much less likely to eat a dozen snickerdoodles.
Do some light calisthenics.
Hop on the treadmill.
Do you have a personal treadmill at home? If you’re really invested in whatever you’re watching on television, go for a short stroll while you watch. Do not do this if you feel that you are not in control of exercise equipment when under the influence.
Get some housework done.
While this does not burn a lot of calories, it does get you off the couch and it gets your house clean. By the time you’re done, you should have completely forgotten about how hungry you think you were.
Do something creative.
Being creative doesn’t require a ton of physical activity, but it is great for your mental health and marijuana can actually enhance your work. If you’re busy painting, dancing, writing, or doing whatever else makes your brain work, you’re not going to start making a double batch of boxed macaroni and cheese.
Get some fresh air.
You don’t have to go for a jog across town or anything, but at least go outside, get some fresh air, and maybe watch the stars. Distracting yourself from those midnight munchies is the easiest way to pass the time until they go away.
Eat Before You Smoke
Getting in the habit of eating before you smoke can keep you from continuing to eat afterwards. Make sure you take in lots of healthy fats and veggies so you do not get any of those pesky cravings.
Waiting twenty minutes after you eat to start smoking is a good idea, that way you can feel how full you are just before you medicate. That can serve as a reminder not to eat more.
If your stomach starts to get that “empty” feeling, grab a glass of water or a cup of tea. Always remember: fluids before junk food.
Good Old-Fashioned Self Control
Yes, this one may not be as easy, but it’s the most obvious. Ask yourself if you should really be eating that prepackaged cupcake. Remind yourself of your long-term health goals. Ultimately, you are in control of what you put in your mouth. What you put in your mouth is not in control of you. Focus on your health and take your life back!