Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Snack Smart

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If ever there existed a Dieter's Bible, I'm pretty sure that you would be told. "Snacking is the root of all evil". As a matter of fact, health gurus through the decades have always condemned the practice of eating more than designated three meals a day. To succumb to eating in between the sacred three meals would inevitably have you banished to the kingdom of "Fatdom". How many times have you felt hungry, only to realize with dismay that the next meal is still a few hours away. So, what now? To eat or not to eat, that is the question. More often than not, what eventually happens is we end up snacking convenient, like a hamburger, only to go home and have a full dinner with the family on top of that somewhat heavy "snack". It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see why we are a heavier society today.
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As a solution to this health experts are now touting the term "grazing". Don't take it literally, it doesn't mean eating grass! It's actually a way of eating small, light snacks and meals throughout the day to keep you nourished and satisfied. Just ask any world-class athlete and he'll tell you that 'grazing' is what keeps his body in tip-top condition.

Hey! chin up, chump! You don't have to be a world-class athlete to eat like a pro. Us mere mortals can also make healthy snacks part of our day without gaining an ounce. This tips I have for you will have you floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.
Grazing doesn't mean that you still eat a big breakfast or a big lunch and still have snacks in between. A better approach would be to divide your main meals into a mini-meals, eaten maybe two to three hours a part.

Knowing how to have this sense of eating balance will ensure that you don't pile on the calories unnecessarily. You are simply eating your usual three meals, only broken down into manageable portions at a time for your body to handle.
First and foremost, you need to change your mindset of what snack foods should be. Going for healthy snacks is an extension of our efforts to eat healthier and more balanced meals. What's the point of having a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, only to do the opposite while having a snack? The main reason why this foods come to mind is because we're used to snacking on them as children.

To make the most of it, snack on foods that pack nutritional oomph. Choose complex carbohydrate snacks like whole-grain cereals, crackers, or breads. This will fill you up quickly, so you won't be apt to eat too much of it. have a drink as well, such as fruit juice, low fat milk, or water. Foods rich in complex carbohydrates also trigger the release of serotonin in our brain, which aids in switching off hunger pangs.

Keep snacks handy. Its a good idea to have healthy snacks easily accessible. Keep a tin of crackers or packet juices at the office. You can also keep a container in the car filled with pretzels or breadsticks.Eating snacks is not bad for you. Done the right way, it helps you stay energized and vibrant. Most importantly, it lets you stay in control of your appetite.

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