We have decided to stop snacking in the evening which has proved a little more difficult for my lovely partner.
As he insists he gets hungry an hour after his tea, I got him some monkey nuts to have instead of his usual biscuits, crisps and chocolate as I thought at least they'd be better for him.
When his one hour evening 'food fast' had elapsed, I trotted into the kitchen and came back with the big bag of monkey nuts which he took eagerly, his eyes wide with delight.
He then positioned himself on the sofa, punched a hole with his fist in a pillow to shell the nuts into, and began shelling in earnest until he had enough for a mouthful.
He did this over and over and over.
It kept him occupied for absolutely ages, as he quietly and methodically worked away for his nuts.
As I watched, it put me in mind of the animal enrichment programmes they have in the zoo, and I couldn't help thinking as I saw his happy little face ... gosh, it really does work!