4 Snacking Tips for Busy People

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The number one excuse I hear when people tell me why they don’t eat well is “I don’t have time to eat healthy.” I think the Dali Lama said it best when he was asked what surprises him most about humanity. He replied “Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” Here are four tips I have been using that have helped me through a sugar detox. If I can do it with my limited diet, ANYONE can do it! 

      • 1 Routine. When treats become a routine it is a tough cycle to break. Take a look at your routine (whether it is a conscious routine or not) and make changes where you see fit. You don’t need any crazy plan to make small routine changes. Try this mantra- say it to yourself over and over “make good choices” instead of our typical mantra “F it.” Buying seeds, nuts, and fruit for the week instead of rushing to QuickTrip or Starbucks for snacks can make all the difference. You will have good routine habits in no time. 
    • 2 Timing. Some people are just snackers. As my cousin Michael would say “Y’all are the snackinest family I have ever met.” Snacking 2-3 times a day is normal and in most cases healthy. If your routine is on point then your snack will be nutritious. If you have a sedentary job or life you can get into big trouble by snacking too often even if you do have healthy snacks. It is best to have a small snack between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner. 
    • 3 Packing. Unfortunately Oklahoma is 30 years behind healthy states and we don’t have a lot of options for healthy eating in general. If you guys could do me a solid and help me get H.U.M.A.N. healthy vending machines into Oklahoma I would greatly appreciate it! Check them out online, but until our companies provide us actual food for food then we will just have to pack our own. BYOS (bring your own snacks) is all the rage in offices. You’re not considered cool unless you bring your own snacks. Did that work? Either way, knowing that people aren’t making good choices for you is encouragement enough to bring your own mid-day snacks with you. Fruit, nuts, hardboiled eggs, Hummus, veggies, oatmeal, or your choice of protein bar or shake should get you through the day. 
    • 4 Celebrations. Offices are notorious for celebrations that involve cake or indulgent food. I’m not one to be the girl eating celery and hummus while everyone is eating cupcakes. If you know you are going to be eating cake after work, have a salad for lunch instead of tacos. Make the cuts somewhere else so you can play too. 

Bonus snack tip: add chia seeds to everything! They are inexpensive, rich in protein and fiber, they slow down digestion (good for fruit eaters) and they expand in your stomach making you feel fuller longer. Chia seeds are good on yogurt or salad. Sprinkle them on top of avocado for a different texture, or add them to a smoothie. 

Even the busiest of busy people can add these tips to their day. You will feel better, most likely look better, and probably be able to handle the stress that comes with business better because you are making good choices and are in control of the way you eat. Comment below and let us know how these tips work for you.

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