Go Vita Ballarat staff member and Naturopath Michelle, is into week 3 of her Spring Health Reboot. (You can read about her journey so far here). This past week, Michelle has assessed her habit of snacking and how she can adjust (without eliminating) some of her behaviors to help her feel better about her health. By changing some of her behaviors, in just three weeks Michelle has increased her "Self Wellness Rating" from 2/10 to 7/10.
"Food can be a sensitive topic for many people. With so much information in the media about what to eat, what not to eat, what is good for our bodies, what is 'bad' for our bodies, ideal diets to follow and 'my day on a plate' articles - it’s no wonder people are often in a state of confusion and overwhelm.
I love food.
I snack multiple times a day.
But often when I snack, my choices aren’t nutrient dense or sustaining – which, inevitably leads to more snacking.
Working at Go Vita adds an extra challenge – I am surrounded by a plethora of delicious, tempting snack options (I often end up with a packet of cauliflower puffs, Treat Dream bears or the new Loco Love chocolates just to pick at while sitting at my desk). But when I made the decision to reboot my health, I realised I would need to curb my snacking habit, and make these things more of an occasional treat, rather than an everyday snack.
I’ve never really prescribed to the notion of cutting out foods you enjoy altogether, because often that leads to feelings of deprivation, followed closely by overindulgence. So, over the last few weeks, I have reduced my snacking by really listening to my body and assessing how hungry I am (and, at times, exercising a bit of good old-fashioned self-control!).
I have increased my water intake, and for the first time ever – added hot drinks into my day. I’ve never been a coffee or tea drinker, but have found that the Before You Speak Glow Coffee satisfies my sweet cravings (I love the caramel one), gives me something to sip on at the desk and helps control my appetite.
I’ve also focused on being more organised. I have been setting aside time to prepare fresh, healthy and filling meals that I can take to work or have ready for me and the family when we all get home from work, school and sporting commitments.
I am finding that by really tuning into hunger cues, being more organised with home-prepared meals and snacks, increasing my fluid intake and flexing my “No, I don’t need that today,” muscle, I am already feeling healthier, happier and not experiencing guilt when I do enjoy a Treat Dream Bear or a handful of cauliflower puffs."
(Below: Before you speak coffee helps fill me up, war, me up and energise me.
Setting aside time to prepare nutritious meals has been key. Left overs make great meals for work and keep me feeling full).