Healthy Snacking

When it comes to snacks, they are not all are created equal. Snacking can actually be helpful to those of us looking to watch our weight or even to lose weight. First, a big factor to consider when attempting to lose weight is hunger management. Nothing can cause us to grab just any old thing we can get our hands on like an out-of-control appetite. Making an effort to be mindful and to plan your day’s food intake is effective and doesn’t take much time.

Second, it depends greatly on what snack you are choosing as to whether or not it will provide satisfaction and good nutrition, no doubt about that. When you snack is important as well. Most people benefit from either a midmorning snack and/or a midafternoon snack. However, most of us have the habit of snacking at night after dinner, and this is the one time that is truly detrimental to our health. Often, we deprive ourselves all day long and then feel justified in indulging in late-night treats.

Sorry, but ingesting hundreds of calories after eating your main meal for the day is self-sabotaging behavior. The problem is that you are consuming just before you are about to sleep, which lowers your metabolism causing all those unnecessary calories to be stored as fat. That is only going to result in packing on the pounds. Instead, keep your hunger at bay and choose healthy, delicious snacks that you consume earlier in the day while your metabolism is revved. That will help tremendously.

Choose snacks high in protein and fiber. Some especially tasty and satisfying choices, 100 calories or less (which is optimal), would be six-12 raw or roasted almonds or cashews, four-eight walnut halves (divide them up and put the rest away), half a cup of 1 percent cottage cheese, a cup of beef vegetable soup or a small low-fat yogurt. The bottom line is to use your common sense, be smart and think ahead of your hunger and decide to be proactive about the choices you make.

When it comes to health and fitness, unfortunately no one can do it for us. Begin tonight to plan your day’s intake of food and pack some healthy snacks to ward off temptation at work. This is doable and easy, and with just a little effort on your part, you will start to see those unwanted pounds falling away.

Take charge and be proactive and remember that a small treat of your choice is possible a couple of times a week. Even a single piece of dark chocolate every night is OK, if it’s best dark chocolate, but only when the rest of your day has been well-managed. Deprivation will only lead to a binge that will undo all your work.

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Nutritious Ways

One of the biggest limiting factors preventing people from achieving their goals is “time.” This single limiting factor is often just a minor speed bump that can be easily by passed or run over. Nutrition is 80% of all fitness goals and when you get your nutrition to work for you, you will sleep better, play harder, recover faster, resist illnesses, and feel better.

Cook in larger quantities – Whether you are cooking some grass-fed beef or making a vegetable stir fry, you will save yourself time and effort if you cook more than one serving at a time. Some people make all their lunches for the week on Sunday, or even make 2 extra servings at dinner for lunch the following day. Almost anything can be stored and eaten the next day or put things in the freezer for later in the week.

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Natural Fiber

Did you know…..Of all of the fruits we eat, apples are the best source of pectin, a natural fiber that has several health benefits. Apples also contain phytochemicals, quercetin, tannins, and antioxidants, all of which have different health benefits. Here’s five the top five reasons to make them a part of your diet.

Apples improve the bowels.
Apples lower cholesterol.
Apples reduce the risk of cancer.
Apples slow the aging process.
Apples help to prevent hair loss.

Quick Tip…. Have some peanut butter on your apple to help with protein and satiety!

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