Snacking – Is it Right?
• Back from work at 5 pm and dinner at 7 pm- Are you feeling hungry?
• Catching a late night movie and you want to nibble on something – may be?
• Unable to sleep as too stressed with the day’s activities – craving for a chocolate bar to cheer up the mood.
• Finish the leftover pack of chips my little daughter was munching
All of the above are not reasons for ‘needy’ eating but enforced ways of feeding yourself, even when you are not hungry? Wonder why this happens?
The so called ‘craving ‘or ‘urge to eat’ or whatever you call it, is not advisable!!
Majority of my clients mention they eat ‘involuntarily’ due to some other activity and not when the body needs it
This snacking or grazing can add extra calories to your daily intake and eventually impact the waistline. Often eating can be just a pleasurable activity and is used to combat stress but unfortunately this is just our belief and not a fact.
Keeping the pantry or the fridge open and gazing at it can tempt you to eat at unusual times but more often dig in to the tempting chocolate bars or the cookie which may be a bad choice.
Mums generally tend to finish off leftovers from their loved ones thinking they are expected to do this….stop doing so…this is not needed …….chuck it away ……….your stomach is not a rubbish bin.
Eating while cooking or cleaning is common however these add up to your calories, make sure you snack on healthier options like a fruit before you enter the kitchen.
Snacking itself is not a bad activity, as a fact it is recommended to have 3 meals and 3 snacks a day which help prevent the urge to binge however it is important to realize the limitations of snacking and that your bodies do count everything that you eat , it doesn’t discriminate …….so being mindful is the first thing.
• If you don’t have the self control, don’t buy it / don’t preserve it in the pantry
• Ensure you keep healthy snacks handy, fruit, nuts, trim milk, dairy food / yoghurt and health fruit bars are good choices, don’t stock cookies , cakes , muffins , ice-cream or chocolates (leave them far enough out of your reach or hidden in the pantry)
• If your mind tends to divert to food, eat a (healthy) snack first don’t starve as this can worsen it, go for a walk or talk to a friend, the brain needs a few minutes to wind off that craving.
• Ensure you keep all unhealthy snacks out of reach from your kids too – best is don’t purchase and keep it for treats only, mind the portion sizes of the treats too.
• Be alert 24/7 – this means condition your sub-conscious mind about not eating the ‘wrong’ foods, this develops into a habit for life eventually.
• Be active, it has wonderful effect on cravings and makes you feel better.
• Never starve, eat when hungry, it reduces the chances of binge eating.
Till next time – Be happy and eat healthy!