How To Snack
Snacking. Snacking is tricky. It has all the disadvantages of a quick fix. And if you're living a fast and furious life, it can really have an effect on the way you look and feel.
I come a long way. From years of having no need at all to think about what I eat (after all I was always really thin so who bothers with what's healthy?) to the times that I couldn't understand why I wasn't losing the baby weight. Then one day I started paying attention to my snack habits. And it suddenly became easy. Sort of.
I know people who have 2-3 additional meals per day in the form of snacks. And some of them don't even realise it.
I've learned a lot during the past two years. I'm still not mastering this , and there are days I fall for junk, but that's one of the reasons I write for #thefitsisters . To motivate myself and to get back on track. It's not only about accountability though, it's the inspiration I get from all of you to get back and live a happy and healthy life. So here's my two cents:
1. Think ahead
In other words, plan your snacks. You don't have to carry a bag of stuff with you, if that's not your thing, but you need to know what you'll snack on throughout the day, and when. "When" is just as important as "what". Or you'll end up snacking on those almonds the whole day.
2. Go for a new product or taste
I don't know but for me trying new things keeps me motivated. Try that fruit you don't usually buy, or that nut butter you never tried before. Make it easier on you by making a list of snacks you'd want to taste. You can find all these nicely packed fruit and veg. Pricey, I know, but it'll be a start. And a start is half of everything.
3. Keep it simple
Don't mix things up. Snack on some veg, fruit, nuts, dark chocolate, a spoonful of nut or coconut butter. I think that a routine helps once established. You need to have a routine to go back to, for those times you go off track.
4. Keep it (relatively) healthy
Stay away from highly processed food. No cookies, no chips, no packed juices! If you crave sweet, get some cocoa chocolate. Or make your own cookies-at least you'll know what's in them. It's not only because they're packed with empty calories and unknown ingredients, it's because they're highly addictive!
5. Be conscious
And I mean be conscious of what you put in your mouth, especially in moments of social interaction. I used to eat any cookie I was served with my coffee. Without thinking, just a mechanical move from the coffee plate to my mouth. To be honest I used to eat my friends' cookies also lol. Like how conscious is that? Why did I even need this rubbish cookie? Oh the habit...
I know that very few people can stick to this and make the good choice all the time. And I'm not one of them. But that's not even the point. The point is to be conscious ("be conscious" is like my mantra lately) and be a boss when you choose to eat good or to eat bad. The more you choose to eat good, the less you'll choose to eat bad . And yes we can have our odd bag of chips but we need to know when.
And it's not about diet, it's not about body image. It's feeling good about yourself. We all want that. Right?
If you need my snacks' list, drop me a line. I do try new things from time to time so I'd be happy to share it with you.