27th March 2017 by Jess
In all my years as a nutritionist, one of the main pieces of advice I give people from my own experience is to set up a snacking routine. It can really help you keep consistent with healthy eating if you're prepared with healthy and satiating snacks for when those hunger pangs strike.
Snacking is an opportunity to crowd in positive nutrition and fuel your body with the vital nourishment it needs to perform at its happiest.
When you're coming from a place of zero deprivation or restriction, your health journey becomes a positive experience.
Focusing on foods that you like, that make you feel good and that do your body good means you can enjoy your healthy lifestyle - and if it’s enjoyable then it’s sustainable!
Nobody ever made a wise food choice when they were hangry! When you’ve gone a long duration without refuelling the body, your blood sugar levels will be low and your hunger and stress hormones (namely cortisol) will be spiking.
When the body is stressed, its go-to fuel of choice is anything that will provide a quick pick-me-up, so you can forget about greens, healthy fats and protein, you'll find yourself reaching for something sugary. But the satisfaction will only be short lived!
Having a stash of healthy choices means you can avoid these situations, stress-free.
When leaving hours between each meal, some people are very sensitive to their drop in blood sugar levels. The symptoms of this range from irritability, lack of focus, fatigue and overeating, not to mention the post-overeating guilt.
When you keep your body consistently fed, that blood sugar crash is far less likely, and so your food choices will be made with a rational mind rather than an emotional stomach!
By Jess, graze nutritionist.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to her website at jessntom.com for even more.
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