Snacking is a quite controversial thing when it comes to eating healthy. A lot of people say that it’s not good to eat in between meals because it means that the body is constantly busy with producing digestive fluids and with digesting in general. Some theories say that starving your self for a couple hours or for extensive periods of time is the way to go as it helps us to get rid of fat and hence lose weight.
I am generally sceptical when it comes to starving. I know the feeling of running low on food as sometimes I am stuck in a meeting and I am missing lunch for example. It’s a bad feeling and it’s not only in my head but in my entire body: I get tired, unfocused, start feeling cold. All bad things. And that’s why I don’t believe in starving yourself.
I do however believe that eating throughout the day is the key to success. What happens when you starve yourself or miss a meal, is that your body is first of all running low on energy. You won’t be able to produce high quality work, nor mental nor physical because your body goes into survival mode and makes sure basic heart and brain functions are taken care of. What also happens, is a sort of alarm system where your body registers that you are starving and it tells itself that the next food that comes will actually be put into the reserves, meaning transformed into fat. This is exactly what we don’t want to happen.
Instead, eating light meals and snacks is the key to success. I generally avoid very large meals – although I love eating I also see eating as a way to get enough fuel to keep me going. When I have ‘too much’ fuel I actually tend to get tired and sleepy. A portion is usually what fits in the palm of your hand. It’s a great way to measure if you are over eating. When it comes to snacks, I don’t snack ‘all the time’ but I make sure I eat something in the afternoon to hold me over until dinner. I usually have a low around 4pm and often dinner is not until 7 so instead of skipping my snack and overeating later, I go with some granola, a piece of fruit (bananas are great!), some nuts and seeds or some hummus and carrots. A snack should be something light and not a meal but it should provide enough energy to power through. I think that fresh fruit is great because it wakes you up and I love my carbs 😉 Nuts and seeds are great for your brain too. If I am looking for a pre workout snack, I usually avoid fat because it’s a little harder to digest. Instead I go with a banana, a small fruit bowl or smoothie to get some energy.
I have some delicious snack recipes on my blog such as the Easy Granola recipe or my Avocado Dream Cream. I also have some hummus ideas in the making and some smoothies are coming soon, so stay tuned and keep on snacking healthily!