Snacking is Good.
So there’s a lot of conflicting information out there about snacking and if it’s good or bad. So let’s get something straight: snacking is not bad. Snacking is good. It’s good to fuel your body; to be putting in good things in your body consistently, throughout the day. Your body is like a machine and you’re not gonna drive 200 miles and expect to not stop for gas, right? And putting food in your body, snacking throughout the day is the same way. If you wanna keep that energy and that focus up, you need to be constantly putting food into your body.
The Bad Snacks
These are examples of not so great snacks:
- excess sugar
- excess salt
- potato chips
- candy bars
The Good Snacks
There are better out there that are made up of whole foods such as the following:
- fresh fruits and vegetables
- plant based protein
- animal proteins
- chicken salad or wrap
- nuts or seeds
So the excess sugars, the excess salts, those are what causes our body be low on energy. When we eat foods that are high in sugar and salt; but low in nutrition; we may get energy quickly, but we end up crashing 1-2 hours later, and looking for something else.
If you want energy to sustain you throughout the day, you want to choose foods that are high in nutrient value and in their most natural state, lots of whole foods and snacks.
It is important to be eating every few hours.
I know in the beginning, I had trouble with this. It is easy to get busy with work, errands and kids.
If you have a hard time remembering to eat, I suggest setting a timer, as a reminder.
Here are some high protein snacks to get you started.
- High Protein Dip for fruit – Get the recipe here.
- Peanut Butter Banana RollUps – Get the recipe here.
- Spinach Quiche Cups – Get the recipe here.
- Zucchini Tuna Cakes – Get the recipe here.
- Apple Protein Cookies – Get the recipe here.
- Skinny Bell Pepper Nacho Boats – Get the recipe here.
- Turkey and Cheese Rolls – Get the recipe here.
Do you ever feel like you are constantly busy, but still not getting anything done? This used to be my life.
I found myself, constantly, distracted. I was so busy trying to do all the things and nothing actually would get accomplished.
I would start to work and then, I remembered the dishes need done or laundry needs switched.
For years, I had no idea my dirty kitchen or messy car was affecting my energy and my focus. And it seemed every time I cleaned the house, it would only last a few hours. It felt like a never ending chore.
Some things I have found that work – to keep me focused. my energy up and the house clean.
- Do household chores in the morning and evening. This frees up my time and space, in the middle of the day, so I can focus on work, family or self care.
- Create routines for everything. I have a routine for cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry and even homework with the kids.
- Keeping my physical space clear and uncluttered.
- Recruit my kids to help with household chores. My kids love to help and if you start them early, they will learn to continue when they are older.
My favorite site to help you get your house under control – http://www.flylady.net/
Some of the routines that keep me focused
- Kitchen – gets cleaned up after dinner or while making dinner. Empty the dishwasher, first thing in the morning, while cooking breakfast.
- Laundry – gets rotated once in the morning, once in the evening.
- Errands – I do all my errands on one day of the week. Currently Thursdays
- Doing my workout at the same time every day.
Ways to drink more water and make it fun.
There are days I do well drinking water and there are days that the time gets away from me. It is easy to get busy, working, playing with the kids and before you know it; it is dinner time and you only had two glasses of water. Here are some tricks I use to get more water in, over the course of my day.
Ways to know if you are dehydrated
- Your pee should be the color of lemonade.
- Most of the time when we feel hungry, we are actually just dehydrated.
We all know to drink more water, but most of us do not.
Our body is made up of up to 70% water. We need it to help our bodies operate properly. It helps with digestion, inflammation, removing toxins from the body and more. It helps your heart pump better, helps the joints move better and the kidneys function, better.
- weight loss,
- increasing energy,
- getting rid of excess water weight and
- clearer skin.
How Do You Get the Water In?
We know we need to drink more water, easier said than done, right?
There are different ways to remind yourself to drink water.
- Set a timer
- Drink a glass on the top of every hour
- Add a rubber band to your water bottle, to keep track.
- Use an app on your phone
What If You Get Bored of Drinking Water?
One common complaint I hear from clients, is we get tired of drinking water or don’t like the taste.
I like to add fruit to my water to change the flavor. Use a fruit infuser, like this one. Some of my favorite flavors.
- Strawberry Lime
- Lemon Lime
- Lime Mint
- Strawberry Mint
- Apple Cinnamon
15 Sassy Water combinations – Click here download 15 new recipes and combinations
We should be drinking half of our body weight in ounces of water. The bigger you are, the more water you need. It just makes sense because an 80-pound child isn’t gonna need as much water as maybe a 200-pound man, right? So, that’s an easy way to figure out how much water you should be drinking. So, I weigh between 130-140 pounds and so I know that I need 70 ounces of water everyday.
Bonus: Get yourself a fun water bottle (like this one) to make drinking more fun.