Healthy Snacks

Why is it that women crave certain foods at certain times? But how much of these cravings are filling a void of something else? What are we missing in our lives that we feel the need to fill ourselves with food?

Let's face it. Food is delicious, wonderful, and makes us feel better. For example, when we do not eat … watch out! We can become a sea of ‚Äč‚Äčemotion that we just can not seem to control. We become irritable, angry, impatient, frustrated, the list goes on. We wish food did not run our lives, but it does. We always can not wait for the next meal. We are always planning in our heads what the next meal is going to be. We find ourselves and our schedules centered around food, rather than centered around life.

You must replace your expectations with alternative snacks that are low in fat, fill you up, and are healthy to your body, mind and soul.

How many of you are ice cream obsessed? We could eat ice cream any time of day and any flavor will do. We find ourselves having a bowl of ice cream almost every night. Our waists are telling us we need to find a replacement. One can replace that craving with Italian Ices and Freezer Pops that can be found in any freezer section of the grocery store. Each item has about 75 to 100 calories, is delicious, and replace that craving. There are many low fat, no fat, light, no carb ice creams out there. One must look at the label, portion size, and realize that many of these, even though they say low carb, are loaded up with calories.

For a replacement for a salty, crunchy craving, how about some light popcorn? Or a crunchy granola bar? Take a trip to your local grocery store or health food store. There are many snack alternatives which are low in calories, possibly organic, and fulfill the salty snacking need without the calories.

Do your research. Find snacks that will fulfill your needs. Everything is okay in moderation. Do not beat yourself up if you have a bowl of regular ice cream or grab a few cookies every now and again. But make sure you have alternatives, so that you are not constantly reverting to the full calorie ice creams or the bag of potato chips.

Also, realize when you are full. Do not eat until you are stuffed. Drink sips of your beverage between each bite. Chew slowly. Eat every 3 to 4 hours. Pack or prepare yourself healthy snacks that you can munch on through the day at work, at home, or where ever you may be.

Sometimes the scale does more harm than good. Sometimes it does not. If you can handle stepping on the scale, then do it. The scale will hold you accountable. However, if you are going to obsess over the scale and let it ruin your day if you have earned a pound or two, then I suggest you avoid it. It is really not the weight, it is how you feel and how your body feels. We are all built differently and carry our weight differently. When you go to the doctor for your check up, he will tell you how much you weigh. Only use the scale if you are truly committed to changing your body and your lifestyle.