I’m often asked for healthy snack ideas.
My initial response is:
How often are you actually hungry when you reach for a snack?
More often than not, when we have a hankering for a snack, it’s not triggered by an empty stomach.
Anytime you reach for food when you’re not physically hungry, it’s a big red flag that you don’t want to feel or deal.
That is, there’s an uncomfortable emotion you don’t want to feel (boredom, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, anger, etc.) or a challenging act you don’t want to deal with (work, conflict, chores, bills, etc.)—or both, as they usually go hand-in-hand.
Do This First
Of course, I have plenty of suggestions for healthy snacks. However, my very first suggestion is that you pause when a snack attack strikes and ask yourself:
Am I truly physically hungry?
If yes, proceed to have a wholesome snack.
If no, reflect on what form of nourishment you’re truly hungry for. It could be hugging a loved one, talking with a friend, stretching your body, writing in your journal, meditating under a tree, or playing with your dog.
Walk This Way
For many years, I’d grab a snack whenever I had writer’s block, which happened at least once a day. Food was my remedy—albeit a temporary one—for relieving my stress and frustration, and for avoiding the painful task of racking my brain for just the right words.
Once I started to pause and honestly check in with myself, I discovered what I really needed was to walk to the front door, not to the kitchen. I needed to rejuvenate my mind and body by taking a walk break outside.
In addition to not eating food I didn’t need and getting some exercise, a walk alleviated my stress, boosted my mood and got my creative juices flowing, which helped me bust through my writer’s block. It’s a habit I still practice today.
So, the next time you reach for a snack, hit the breaks and ask yourself:
What am I truly hungry for?
You may be surprised by what you discover.