Snacking....the thief of success!
Updated: Apr 21, 2021
Breakfast cookies....energy protein bars...'whole grain' salty snacks...
Is any of it necessary? The multi-billion dollar food industry would have us think so! We are inundated with ads for these products. And very conveniently, these go along with the school of thought that says we need to 'eat 6 times a day' to 'keep up our metabolism'.
The error with this is two-fold:
By constantly snacking, our insulin levels are always high, putting our bodies into fat storage mode
These snack foods are highly processed, and offer concentrated delivery of starches and sugars into our bloodstream. Lots of carbohydrates and insulin secreted....very little nutrition.
Imagine life before the advent of processed foods. There were 2-3 large meals per day, and no snacks. No mid morning granola bar. No afternoon popcorn or chips sitting at our desks. People had nutritious, filling, and balanced meals, and were able to build up a proper level of hunger for their next meal.
Remember hunger? We are taught in today's society to answer the call of hunger at the slightest twinge to avoid discomfort. It has gotten to the point that most of us don't remember exactly what true hunger feels like!
I myself used to have a popcorn drawer at work. I had thought is was comforting to have this snack available every afternoon to presumably soothe me. But in actuality, it was a way for me to buffer the discomfort of being at work. Not to mention, not actually helping me get my work done, and in fact sabotaging my weight goals!
Are you a snacker? You may think that this is a habit that you just can't break like I did. But guess what? You can in fact retrain those neural pathways! By changing your food protocol to include filling meals full of good fats, and cutting out the processed starches and sugars, your desire and urges will lessen, and you will be able to let go of those hardwired habits!