A few weeks ago, I shared that one of the biggest pitfalls I see with my clients is not planning healthy snacks which can be the key in weight management. Healthy Snacks help you:
- Meet your daily nutrient requirements
- Regulate your metabolism
- Keep you from overeating at your next meal.
I believe, from my experience and client experience, if you can conquer this ONE behavior, creating a snack schedule, you are one step closer to managing your weight and being at peace with food. If the right snacks are not chosen, you can be left feeling unsatisfied with unnecessary calories.
Building My Snack Schedule
I like to build my snacks around nutrient dense foods, foods that have a lot of nutrients, but relatively few calories. At times, I may combine them with a smaller serving of something that is less nutritious. For example, I love handful of nuts, string cheese and end with a Hershey kiss.
Sound crazy? The nuts and cheese are nutrient dense and the kiss fills my desire for chocolate. I am not tempted to over indulge because I am satisfied and have built my sweet “treat” into my daily requirement.
My prayer each day is that I view what I eat and how I exercise the same way I do other areas in my life. It is a way to honor God.
The Bible says in I Corinthians 10:31: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Of course, I am not perfect. There are plenty of times I eat things that were not the best choice, but I take it as an opportunity to give myself a little grace and learn how to do it differently the next time. Have you ever thought about how you eat as a way to bring honor to God? It may give you a new motivation for eating healthy that may include planning a snack schedule.
Building a Snack Schedule for You
Planning 2-3 nutritious snacks a day can allow you to have balance and stick to healthy eating long term. If you are unsure of what you should eat for your weight loss goals or how to stick to it with your schedule and lifestyle, I would love to help you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a FREE consultation to discover how to get a plan for you.