Here’s a good way to make it a little easier to eat healthy snacks.
Decide before you’re hungry that you will get a certain snack this afternoon, and make it a healthy one. This way, you decrease the risk of grabbing something that is more convenient and perhaps less healthy, like a slice of pizza. A slice of pizza is tasty and super easy – just walk to the pizza place, get a slice and enjoy. Chances are, though, that you’ll also grab a soda to drink with the slice, and before you know it, your snack has turned into a high-calorie, high-sugar, high-carb, high-fat semi-meal.
Then, at 5:30 or 6:00 you’re going to head home and have dinner. Without realizing it, your mid-afternoon snack may have turned today into a pretty unhealthy day.
Now, as much as anyone else, I love to eat pizza. And, there is certainly nothing wrong with grabbing a slice and a soda every now and then, but to maintain a healthy body (and mind), we cannot eat pizza and drink soda every day in the afternoon, even if it is the easier choice. So, what I’m suggesting is todecide before you are hungry, before 3:30pm rolls around, that you will grab a banana, or an apple, or a fruit shake, or a small bag of whole-wheat pretzels, or even regular pretzels. You don’t have to do this every day, just a few more days than you are now. These little improvements go a long way.