Tips for Healthy Snacking
It’s almost three years since I set up Attitude to Food now, and I’ve worked with clients to reverse or ease so many common health issues including diabetes, through to lowering cholesterol and blood pressure to digestive issues around reflux and IBS, constipation or gas etc, skin complaints like eczema and/or psoriasis. The thing that we all have in common though, is that everyone wants to work on one or more of the following issues:
Weight; on the whole men want to bulk up, women want to lose weight
Energy; everyone’s fatigued and stressed …and running on empty
Cravings; Food addictions, the most common being sugar, bread and coffee are something we commonly fight on a daily basis
There are two others which are usually relevant during winter-time; increasing immune strength and elevating mood.
The one single thing that tackles all of these head-on is good digestive health. Not only does it help to treat the root cause, it also has an almost instant impact on how you feel running through your day.
So, one of things to tweak instantly is how often you eat. Snacking often gets a bad rap, and don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that you graze through your day, rather acknowledge the food (or fuel) that you’re putting in and the value that your body achieves from it.
Often we snack on commercial chocolate or processed foods, so it’s no surprise that we’re hungry half an hour later, or craving for more of what we’ve just eaten …put sugar or refined carbs in and we crave more sugar, increase say protein or sweet vegetables, and we get a whole different result!
So in a nutshell, it’s important to structure meals right. That’s a whole different email, but I just wanted to give a few tips on structuring healthy snacks, so that you make good choices that’ll have:
:: Blood sugar levels stable :: Energy levels going higher :: Weight achieving a natural balance :: Cravings, food addictions etc nailed
Here are some snack ideas that are easily accessible and that’ll keep you on the right track:
:: Hummus with veggie sticks :: Your favourite wholegrain crackers with mackerel pate :: Half a dozen of your favourite nuts with a couple of pieces of fruit; think almonds and cherries, or brazil nuts and goji berries, walnuts and apricots …whatever gets your mouth watering!
These are all widely available in supermarkets, corner stores etc. Also, don’t forget that a lot of the cafe chains have cottoned on to the fact that healthy choices equal increased profits, and they’re now stocking fresh fruit, nuts and seeds, edamame beans, miso soup etc so although the morning croissants or chocolate cake may call your name when you walk in the door, there are healthy alternatives to be had if you look out for them!
Sick and tired of doing this on your own and need some help and support? Then do contact me to schedule a consultation.
Don’t stress about your diet ….just get a new Attitude to Food!
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