That's what my grandma said to me on the phone this week. My daily 9:45 a.m. phone call had gotten her out of bed, and she was lamenting that by the time she ate breakfast that it would be time for lunch. I told her not to worry - I had already had a pre-run snack, post-run breakfast and would eat a mid-morning snack once I hung up with her. I had eaten enough meals for the both of us.
For some reason, she didn't think that scenario worked -- I have no idea why. My grandma, in all her wisdom, though, did hit the nail on the head - I eat. A lot. And often. In fact, I used to brag that I could eat non-stop at work and lose weight.
Recently, however, I started to consider that maybe I should switch things up and not put so much in my mouth. It might benefit me to start planning more substantial snacks instead of seeing how much low-calorie food I could throw into my purse because, let's be honest, no one has filled up on celery sticks alone.
Celery sticks and peanut butter? Now, that's a different story.
As I've been using Self Magazine's Drop 10 plan to inspire my lunches, I thought I could use the diet as a guideline for snacking. Their suggestions are more calorie dense, more filling and much more enjoyable. I've taken to packing an apple (with the core scooped out) topped with a bit of peanut butter and coconut and celery sticks filled with peanut butter. The hard-boiled egg has also been a top pick but mostly on mornings when I have oats or multigrain pancakes for breakfast.
I also packed a protein-packed treat for snacking this week - slices of turkey slathered with Laughing Cow and rolled up like a cigar. A winner if there ever was one.
The higher calorie snacks are helping a bit in terms of fullness - I am eating less frequently. However, old habits die hard and I do need to retrain myself. Just because I'm sitting at my desk doesn't mean I need to be chewing.
Or something like that.
How do you snack?