So, yesterday we talked about cravings. More specifically we talked about what those cravings mean emotionally, and our responsibility to ourselves to tackle those issues. Today I’d like to talk about food!
I think it’s important to have a healthy guilt-free relationship with food, even in blog form. So, let’s talk about how awesome eating is, shall we?
When you think of snacking, what’s the overall feeling that accompanies it? I think for a lot of us there’s usually a not-so-good connotation associated with it.
Bored? There’s a snack for that.
Stressed/anxious/worried? There’s a snack for that
Procrastinating? Celebrating? Just went grocery shopping?
There’s a snack for all that, too.
But snacking is not all bad. Yesterday I may have seemed a little anti-eating in my quest to combat emotional snacking, but I am in no way anti-eating. If there’s one thing you should know about me it’s that I am pro-eating.
Like if Eating had a Facebook page, I would Like it. (Actually I’m new to this form of social media, does Eating have a FB page?) If Eating was competing on Dancing With The Stars, I would vote for it (although not if it came down to Eating vs Aly Reisman. I’m obsessed with Aly Reisman) If they ever make an award for Excellence in the field of Ridiculous Blogging, and I win it, I want Obama (because he’d be the presenter obviously) to say “Charlotte, due to the absurdity of the things you publish on the internets and your unwavering support of Eating, we honor you with this edible award aka cookie.”
And I would say “Thank You, Mr President,” as one does when the President awards you with a cookie (Aaand this post has officially veered off course. I normally try to edit out these tangents when they happen, but today I’m too tickled at the thought of a cookie award to delete it.) What were we talking about again? Ah yes, SNACKS.
I am a snacker… a big one. I love snack foods. Both healthy and unhealthy snack foods. I love a piece of toast with almond butter or peanut butter and banana slices on top. I love popcorn. I love pop-tarts. I love froyo. I love regular non-frozen “yo”. I love chocolate. I love fruit. In fact sometimes my meals are even composed of a few different healthy snack foods like yogurt, fruit, turkey slices, a granola/protein bar etc. Especially for breakfast on weekdays. And sometimes even for lunch. I tend enjoy snack-meals a lot.
Why do I love snacks? I will tell you in numeric list format:
- It’s fabulous not feeling STARVING by mealtime.
- It’s divine not slipping into the grumpy rage that accompanies low blood sugar… snacks have a way of warding off that little anxiety monster that creeps up and grabs me by the brain when I haven’t eaten in a while, and makes me freak out over my next meal.
- Ir’s tremendous having energy when I work out, write, work, you name it- I heart energy.
- It’s wonderful that the point of snacking is not to eat enough to last you the next 4, 5 or 6 hours but just enough so that you’re satisfied for the time being. And if you’re still a little bit hungry after, i’ts okay because the next snack is probably coming your way before you know it anyways.
So there you have it. 4 reasons. Call me Glen Coco because I got 4.
I’ve tried changing my eating habits in the past, like when trendy diet guru’s told me snacks are bad, but I’ve learned that I’m happiest when the meals are smaller and the snacks stay in. I used to feel quite a bit of guilt over snacking, but that guilt is pointless. Some people are happiest with 3 square meals, and similarly those people shouldn’t force themselves to eat small amounts throughout the day. It’s about finding what helps you function at your peak.
Basically it’s simple:
Snacks are good when used correctly to refuel, re-hydrate, and all that good stuff.
Snacks are not good when used as numbing devices for your emotions. I speak from experience on this one, and judging from all the amazing and wonderful comments on yesterdays post, you beauties can sympathize.
So today I raise my coconut Larabar to you all in a giant cheers to healthy snacking and the sanity it helps maintain.
Are you a snacker?
What’s your favorite go-to snack?
Do you ever have snack-meals?