I have a little problem with snacking. I tend to do it too often, eat too much, and sometimes eat things I shouldn’t. My worst time of day is in the evening. Then afternoons. Mornings I am usually pretty good about my snacking but on the odd day that I eat something off plan for a morning snack, the rest of the day goes downhill from there.
I’m curious about the snacking habits of others, especially those of you who are successfully eating healthy. How often do you snack? What do you eat? Do you struggle with not over-snacking? Are your snacks planned in advance?
If I am eating well, my snack day might go something like this:
- Mid-morning: Depending on my morning exercise, I snack about 50% of the days. Usually I have a piece of cheese or sometimes cut peppers.
- Mid-afternoon: I have one or two snacks. It might be yogurt with cereal or a huge serving of roasted veggies or a serving of peanuts, with the second snack often being cheese.
- Evening: Most nights I have sugar-free chocolate pudding. My little chocolate fix of the day:) If I eat another snack, which is many nights but less now that I eat at the table, it may be fruit or cheese again.
If I am not eating well… you can probably use your imagination. I have seemingly perfected the art of snacking to excess while managing to eat all healthy foods. Not something to be proud of. Bread and crackers immediately come to mind. You’ve heard the expression “snack attack?” Well sometimes I don’t know if it is me attacking the food or the food attacking me!
I can’t remember the last time I went a day without snacking. Maybe never! The old me would have snacked all afternoon on various junk, not been hungry for dinner, snacked all evening on more crap. I am glad that I can say the new me is a much better snacker:) Scooby and Shaggy would be very disappointed.
My snack philosophy, if I were to think about it this way, is that they are a good part of a healthy eating plan; if they are used to satisfy real physical hunger and if they are healthy and eaten with portion control. Now I just need to work hard to ensure my actions reflect that philosophy. Which means doing away with the mindless eating and excessive snacking that has so plagued me in the past. I am getting better about it; I really do see progress. And change. Slowly.
What’s your snacking like?