Stop, You Will Ruin Your Dinner!

“Don’t eat that, it will ruin your dinner”  – My Mom

Greek yogurt, Almonds, Smoothies, Raisins, Cheese, Dates, Almond Butter, Paleo jerky, and a Paleo version of  (insert baked good here _______), what do all these foods have in common? Um, they are great healthy snacks, right? Well, yeah, I mean no! I mean yes, they are definitely healthy snacks, but these same “healthy” snacks, are  most likely preventing you from reaching your ideal body image. Wait,… what?! Yes, there is a really good chance that snacking is not only ruining your appetite for dinner it is also ruining your waistline!

eat-for-your-long-term-goals

Really?! Yes, eating a snack, be it a healthy snack or an unhealthy snack, it doesn’t matter, all that matters is that if you eat a snack before dinner there is a 100% chance you will eat less dinner. Wait, are you saying this is a bad thing? I sure am! Please don’t tell me you were you expecting me to say, “eating a healthy snack right before dinner, is a great idea, it will curb your appetite, thus helping you consume less calories, because calories in – calories out, blah, blah, blah”. Well, I am not going to tell you that, I haven’t sold out (yet 😉 ). I am not a corporate spokesman trainer like Julian Michaels or Bob Harper, I am not just going to read you the party line, instead I am going to tell you the truth. And the truth is?…

Say what!

Well if it is good enough for her…

The truth is that you are not 5, you are not a child and you should be able to go for many hours without needing food, even while doing strenuous work. I don’t know about you, but I am a grown ass man! And in-case ya’ll must’ve forgot, “MAN” is the baddest, most capable, animal on planet Earth!  So the truth is, a grown-ass man, or a grown-ass woman, is more than capable of working many hours without the needing a paleo muffin.

But If I go more than 3 hours without food, I get lightheaded, I get tired, and I get angry.”

Talk about 1st world problems! Come on! We are better than this! You! Yes, you reading this, you are better than this, you are stronger than this! Are you really that weak? Are you really that dependent on food that you can’t function normally if you don’t eat something every few hours? How long would you last in the zombie apocalypse, if you didn’t have immediate access to a granola bar, or a banana? Remember the human body is capable of amazing feats of strength, endurance and stamina, the body is designed for work, the body is designed for efficiency, I think you can go a few hours without “needing” greek yogurt…

Do you think I should bring 2 or 3 granola bars for our Saber Tooth Tiger hunt?

Do you think I should bring 2 or 3 granola bars for our Saber Tooth Tiger hunt?

But before we go any further we must discuss why people snack. There are usually 3 reasons why:

  1. You are actually hungry – This is the best case scenario. You are healthy, you are not a slave to food, but you need a few extra calories due to an increased work load. But believe it or not, most people are not at this “level”. To be at this level you must have a healthy relationship with food. So most people snack for one of the next two reasons…
  2. You are metabolically broken – In other words you are a sugar burner. You eat way too much sugar and way too many processed carbohydrates, you eat so much that your body has literally “forgotten” how to burn fat (your bodies preferred source) for fuel . So the result is, spikes and crashes of blood sugar that happen every few hours. So tell me how long can you go without eating before you get lighted headed…If this sounds familiar, you need to understand that your diet is completely out of whack! This is no way to live and you should be serious about changing your relationship with food.
  3. You are bored – While reason #2 is bad, this reason maybe worse, because you are not even hungry you are just looking to kill a little time. I am not perfect, I have been guilty of doing this in the past, especially when I had my “office space” type job. The job was dull and monotonous which created the perfect storm for boredom. So what did I do? I would walk to the snack bar. I knew I could kill 15-mins, going to the snack bar and buying a Kit-Kat. I also knew, that I could kill another 45-mins feeling sorry for myself after eating said Kit-Kat. I got no enjoyment from this, I wasn’t even hungry I just wanted something to do, and the candy bar filled a void in my uninspiring job. Are you guilty of this? I bet you are. So the next time you think you want a snack, ask yourself, am I hungry or do I just need to get a new job (bored)?
Man I am bored. I wonder what there is to eat around here...

Man I am bored! I wonder what there is to eat around here…

So while, Greek yogurt, Almonds, Smoothies, Raisins, Cheese, Almond Butter, are definitely great healthy snacks, they are not the “healthiest” foods in the world, they don’t represent a broad spectrum of necessary nutrients. So if you need a snack these are definitely the “go to” choices but when compared nutritionally to a balanced dinner there is no comparison. A healthy dinner– Grassfed ribeye steak, grilled organic asparagus, fresh house salad and a good glass of red wine (I am a grown-ass man 😉 ) is a COMPLETE meal, it contains healthy fats, lots of protein, healthy carbs, tons of vitamins and minerals. This type of a meal is much healthier than a handful of almonds, a piece of cheese, and a paleo muffin. But instead of having complete meal, you are “wasting calories” filling up on sub-par foods, you are filling up on the “C-Students” of the healthy food world. Remember you get out what you put in and eating average foods, will get you average results. I don’t know about you but nothing scares me more than being average!

Motivated by the fear of being average

Motivated by the fear of being average

Do you allow too many average foods in your diet? Are you a chronic snacker? If your answer is yes, don’t worry you can always change, but you must first realize that you have a problem. Then you must be willing to change, remember the definition of insanity…

So welcome to snacker’s anonymous. You first duty is to recognize that you are GROWN, you must recognize that you and you alone are responsible for your actions. Second, you need to “man” up, you need to take charge of your overall health, you need to tell your body, “I am strong”, you need to tell your body that “I am not a slave to food”. You need to realize, that you have more than enough energy to get through the day, without needing to eat every few hours. Remember your body is the most amazing “vehicle” on the planet and like all vehicles, it needs fuel and the better the fuel the better the performance. So eat the best foods possible at all times and keep the snacking to a minimum. Snack less, eat more!

 

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