***I seriously cannot believe that someone placed two suspicious bags at the Boston Marathon finish yesterday. The Boston Marathon organizers and police are AMAZING — they caught the guy and took care of the issue. Let’s hope they can get to the bottom of it and we can look forward to all that the marathon celebrates on Monday. I am tired of hearing the words “marathon” and “bombs” in the same sentence… they do not belong together.***
Now that I’m back in the working world (how in the world did I used to get up at 6 a.m. everyday?! It’s painful.), I am learning how to eat again. While I was home, it was easy to snack throughout the day… plus I ate breakfast later in the morning (10 a.m.), which meant I ate lunch later, which worked well since we don’t eat dinner until 8 p.m.
Now I’m eating breakfast nice and early (7:15 a.m.), with lunch around 1 p.m. and dinner still around 8 p.m. Nutritionists advise against going more than four hours without fuel. Basically, if sends your body into starvation mode, which is no bueno.
So, my experimenting has led me to learning a few things…
1. Always, always, ALWAYS pack snacks. My work kitchen is stocked with a lot of snacks so it makes it easy to think you can skip packing the goodies and just grab something there. However, there are days where its not stocked until later in the day or they don’t have the healthier snacks that I’m looking for. Don’t leave it up to chance — make sure YOU bring the snacks that you need so you don’t go into panic mode. Or get hangry from lack of snacks.
2. Portion out your snacks. I don’t know about you, but when I snack, I’m usually hungry and ready to eat a full meal. If I don’t portion out my snacks, I am tempted to keep eating until I’m full, which kinda defeats the purpose of a snack. Of course, there will be those days where you feel super hungry for some random reason… I usually eat my snack and wait 15-20 minutes before grabbing another one. Usually I’m full by then.
3. Switch it up! There’s nothing worse than snack fatigue. Snacks should be something that you look forward to… not something that you dread to eat. Give yourself variety… and with summer around the corner, there are so many options — especially when it comes to fruit! Some of my favorites include watermelon (!!), coconut milk yogurt, cheese stick + nuts, trail mix, hummus + veggies and KIND bars.
4. Give yourself a schedule. The art of snacking includes not eating your snacks too close to a meal. Try to schedule them as much as you can, knowing that life and work things may get in the way from you actually eating it at that exact time. I feel like having an idea of when you will eat helps you limit your cravings because you know when you can expect to eat again.
5. Listen to your body. Like I said above, there are some days where you will be starving and it feels like you can’t get full… you may need to eat a snack or two more than a normal day. Other days, you may not be as hungry. The point is, you need to listen to your body. It will tell you if eating a handful of nuts is a big enough snack or if you need to try out a KIND bar.
What are your favorite snacks?
What are some snacking tips that you’ve learned?
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