Day 5 Big Idea: Snack mindfully or not at all.
Here’s the 411 on snacking!
Are you ever bored, anxious, or nervous, and then find that the easiest way to deal with your feelings is to eat? Before the Clean Program, you may have started innocently snacking on cookies or chips and then realized twenty minutes later, as if rising from a coma, that you ate the whole bag. To make matters worse, you weren’t even hungry.
We’ve all been there, many times in fact. Rather than calling on your own personal guilt monster, give this a thought:
The repeated desire to snack is really a desire to change how we’re feeling in the moment. The more we’re not conscious of why we’re snacking, the more this habit can numb how we really feel. We understand that for some, snacking is helpful in maintaining good energy levels and mood. But before you start grabbing the Clean snacks, check in with yourself and make sure what you’re feeling is true hunger.
Sometimes finding the right amount to eat everyday takes a little personal experimentation. If you find that you are consistently hungry throughout the day, increase the amount of protein and healthy fats in your morning shake and mid-day meal. In general, you’ll cleanse better when you focus on getting more calories from your shakes and meals, rather than relying on snacking.
If you desire to snack, try these action items below.
1. Hydrate: If you notice the sensation of hunger, drink a glass of water instead of grabbing a snack.
2. Change your state: Get up and go for a walk or take a few minutes to stretch. Call a friend. Finish a work project. Shifting your focus can offer the desired change without the need for food.
3. Boost: Your Meals & Shakes: try adding some avocado or coconut oil to your shakes or a side of lentils or non-gluten grains like millet and quinoa to your lunch meal. These additions help keep you satisfied, satiated and energized longer.
4. Snack Clean: If you are fully hydrated and still truly hungry, any Cleanse Diet-friendly food can be used as a snack.
Viva la Clean!
The Clean Team
Check out John’s video on snacking here.