As a health coach snacking is a subject I cover frequently. I don’t know the statistics but if I had to guess I’d say we are a country of snackers. Food is available to most of us ALL THE TIME. As a result we tend to eat whatever we want, whenever we want.
I apply to following rules to snacks:
- Try a glass of water first
- Eat a whole food snack when possible
- Eat a protein snack some of the time
- Make the snack naturally sweet (think fruit)
- Snack between meals not instead of meals
- Don’t snack after dinner/before bed
We snack mindlessly. Keep a food journal for a few days. You’ll be amazed. Snacking fills time or fills a void in our life. We snack when we feel emotional or stressed or bored. We look to food to fulfill us. Sometimes we snack only because we CAN.
The message I want to convey is YOU DON’T HAVE TO EAT EVERY TIME YOU THINK YOU’RE HUNGRY! Thankfully, these words found me today…
“When hungry, just eat.”
Whenever we eat or drink we have the opportunity to turn our attention to the vivid clarity of this very moment of experience – – if we take time to just eat.
From “How to practice Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays
Lion’s Roar magazine
When you’re present make the right choice. Always. If you can stay present when you want to snack, you might decide you don’t want a snack at all. If you do want the snack then be present when you eat it. Make a good food choice and allow the food to nourish you.