Have you ever felt like you needed a little nudge to help make good food choices around the holiday season?
Well, consider this your nudge. Today I’d like to help you with your snacking.
The idea of snacking is so prevalent that we almost never question it.
“Eat every hour or you’ll die!”
“Snack to keep your energy levels up!”
You don’t even question why you get tired and grumpy when food suddenly becomes unavailable for a few hours.
You’ve been convinced that being grumpy in the absence of food is normal.
That’s just how life rolls.
“If you want to stay healthy you’ve got to keep on snacking!”
Except, deep down, you know this somehow doesn’t feel right.
Loading your diet with foods that continue to spike insulin — then drinking coffee to keep you awake after a drop in blood sugar — is like slamming your hand in a car door, only to slam it again once the swelling has gone down. This seems harsh, but is true.
Scientifically, proteins and healthy fats do not trigger insulin response but it’s still mainstream to avoid them.
You’ve been taught to fear fat and that protein is too expensive and complicated to prepare.
There’s no end of reasons to eat ‘fake’ carbohydrates:
They’re budget friendly, they look pretty, they’re delicious and abundant. They beckon you when you walk into any coffee shop.
What’s not to like?
Except, there’s another option.
Vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers are also carbohydrates.
They’re way friendlier and healthier than their empty counterparts.
If you’re going to snack, snack on these in abundance.
You may even find that you don’t need a coffee to pick yourself up in the afternoon.
I’m in your corner and want to see you succeed. Snack away.
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Author: Larlkyn Lee
Larlkyn Lee, RHN, CPT, has a strong passion for helping people understand that health is a process and a journey. With a background in engineering design, he uses similar principles to optimize plans for individual needs. He is focused on health, longevity and performance in his everyday life, and enjoys playing basketball and maintaining an active lifestyle.