I don't know what it is, but lately I have really gone down a slippery slope with my snacking. For awhile there, I was really good, snacking on fruits and veggies. I had given up the processed 100 calorie snack packs. My snacks averaged around 100-150 calories. But lately, my snacking has been a little out of control. Not so much that I'm going way over my daily "budget," but enough that it's clear I need to rein it in and make some changes. There are days that I take in over half my calories in snack foods!
A few things I have had to step away from, as I have realized that either they aren't really doing me any favors, or I really have zero self control when I have them around.
Justin's Hazelnut Butter as a healthier alternative. The problem is, I still tend to go way overboard on it when I have it around - a little spoonful here, a little spoonful there - at 190 calories for 2T, that adds up pretty quick! I have not given it up entirely, but I now only buy the little one serving packets as a special treat - I was super excited to find my local grocery store carries them, so I don't have to go all the way to the health food store! This stuff is seriously yummy, and if you haven't tried it yet, I recommend you run right out and get some, but if you, like me, suffer from a lack of self control, definitely try the individual packets.
For awhile I was eating a Clif Bar every day, usually before running or the gym. I've tried most of the flavors, and I think my favorites are White Chocolate Macadamia and Chocolate Brownie. Oh, and the Cool Mint Chocolate and Peanut Toffee Buzz are yummy, too, and I can't forget the Pumkin or the Gingerbread. You get the idea! Unfortunately, they are not low in calories, packing in 240-260 per bar, and it did not take long before "pre-exercise fuel" became just an excuse to devour one. Truthfully, I was not and still am rarely exercising long enough or strenuously enough to justify these calories, so I've said goodbye to Clif for now. I do occasionally indulge in a Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna bar, at only 180 calories, but I've given up the daily habit.
I have always been a nighttime nosher. I do so well during the day - I know the structure of my workday helps, but I stay on track with scheduled snacks and my meals are really pretty light yet filling. However, once I get home, I just fall apart. I am working on trying to curb this bad habit, and I definitely need to stock my fridge with some good veggies again - I have no problem crunching on carrots instead of graham crackers, I just haven't had them in my fridge for awhile. I'm putting them on my list now!
Are you a snackaholic? Nighttime nosher? How do you deal with it? I'd sure love some suggestions!
Today I am grateful for:
- Amazon.com and online Christmas shopping
- E's totally adorable toothless smile that makes me grin every time I see it
- perseverance - I got it going on!
- my wonderful and supportive friends
- my new chiropractor, who is fixing my back and hip so I can keep persevering!