We have been talking a lot about snacks lately. Snacks, mindless eating, sneak eating and that ravenous I just got home from work get out of my way eating. I am not forgetting my SAHM sisters. I know how busy we are too. Isn't just easier to grab something quick to stave off hunger? The problem with those quick things is they are the least satisfying. If I grab a couple of cookies or a small brownie, I am usually hungry in about 10 minutes. The leader gave a very eye opening example. A single two inch brownie is about the value of 5 points. About 300 calories. Five apples hold about the same amount of calories with the difference of quality. Do I want that brownie? Heck yeah!? Am I going to eat 5 apples in one setting? Ummm....no.
Our leader went on to talk about our cars, and how they perform better if we keep the tank full and never let it get below half a tank. We need to keep our tanks full too. Have quality food prepared so that we can grab those things instead. She went onto say that we should eat the minute we feel hungry. Think about our kids...the little ones. When they are hungry they tell us. When they eat dinner, they stop when they are done. I think we get out of practice of listening to our bodies. Our body knows when we need to eat and sleep. I am not saying you can't have a brownie ever again. If you really want that brownie, add a cup of milk with it and a little fruit. Or how about a 1/2 cup of fat free vanilla ice cream and a dollop of fat free cool whip. You can add some fruit here too.
Our challenge this week is to keep our tanks half full and to try and choose higher quality snacks. Prepare ahead of time.
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply." Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe--writer