The other day I was bored and was looking around on Reddit in the humor section. This picture caught my eye. I apologize that I can’t find it now to credit the original poster. The caption that went with it was that a friend’s daughter was using this book as her food journal. The saying on the front is what sold it to me.
How often do I find myself snacking because I am hungry? The answer is that it is pretty rare. Usually when I am snacking it is because I am, or as this picture suggests, my stomach is bored. In my experience, snacks are a main cause of overeating. Even when I was at my largest, it wasn’t usually the meals that did me in, it was the stuff in between. It was the Kit Kat bars, the quick trips for $.99 menu at McDonalds, the bucket of nuts, and so on. True, I did still consume a lot of points at meals as well, and that is under control now, but what was really sealing the deal was the snacking.
Today my snacking is done with zero, or very low point foods. Here are some examples:
- 1 oz of nuts – works out to about 1/4 cup. It doesn’t look like a lot when I pour and measure them, but they pack 5 points. Usually enough to get me from lunch to dinner when dinner might be late
- Fresh fruit – depending on what is in season, a peach, orange, apple, banana, clump of grapes and so on fit the bill. I will sometimes have these instead of the nuts after work, or later in the evening to replace dessert
- Fresh cut vegetables – we try to keep a plastic tub of cut carrots and celery in the fridge at all times. A quick handful has no points, and satisfies the need to chew as well
- Skinny Pop popcorn – you can buy the full size bag and measure a bowl, or buy the 100 calorie bags. For either one, try adding some Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. If you like hot sauce, you will thank me later for this idea that I got from my son.
There are other things that I snack on from time to time, and I will continue to post lists in the future.
Bottom line for me is knowing the difference between hunger and boredom, and knowing that 5 points is enough for one snack.