Wednesday, March 07, 2012

WLW - wk 3 - Snacks

Snacks are one of my biggest weaknesses. Its so easy to munch a little bit here and there and in my head it doesn't count. It was just a few bites or a couple of pieces. No big deal. Right? Well, we all know that is just what we (I) tell ourselves to ease the guilt. Everything that we put in our mouths matters.

As I have been focusing on being more deliberate with my eating habits (both portions and content) I have become more aware of my bad habits. I have known I was an emotional eater for awhile. But I'm realizing now that I'm a boredom eater too. If I'm watching tv I will munch. If I'm in the kitchen cooking I'll munch. It doesn't take much to make me want something to munch on.

Since I haven't figured out how to get rid of the urge to munch I am directing my energy toward improving the quality of the things I munch on. Sometimes I'll chew a piece of gum if I know that I am not really hungry and I am only wanting something out of habit or boredom. But if I really feel like my body needs something the first thing I do is this: drink a large glass of water. Good old H2O! What better way to fill up your body with something it needs? Then, if after about ten minutes your body is still something I will find something on the healthy side. One key thing to remember is to plan ahead and have healthy snack alternatives handy, maybe you can prepackage them in snack size baggies for convenience. Here are a few of my faves:
simple things like apple slices, carrot sticks, grapes etc
snack size helpings of cheese, yogurt, etc
no bake energy bites (found this recipe on Pinterest - LOVE IT!)
sometimes I'll even raid the leftovers of last night's dinner as long as its healthy and a snack size portion

I have to add that I think Google and Pinterest are your best friend! There are so many great resources online! Check out a few that I like:
20 Quick and Healthy Snack Ideas
Hungry Girl's Healthy Ways to Snack on the Go!
6 Simple Super Bowl (or any other game day) Snacks
All Recipes' Top Healthy Snack Recipes
Eating Well's Quick and Healthy Snacks

Weekly Weigh In: down 2lbs from last week - down 4lbs total - 36lbs to go!

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)


Alicia The Snowflake said...

I love that you go for water first if you are hungry! Very smart! I'll have to look up the No Bake Energy Bites. Those sound interesting. Thanks for all the resources. And thank you for joining WLWed!!!!

Blessings to you! Congrats on your loss! You're doing great!

Kerri (a simple princess) said...

I need to do the water first thing....not often a choice i make!!
thanks for the links!!
great job on the continued weight loss!!