Habit 90 to Bring out the Olympian in You
Day 90 – After School Syndrome
For many of us, those 3.30 – 4pm munchies have carried over from when we were children. It gets to that time of the afternoon when snacking can either work for us or against us.
Do you find yourself reaching for a healthy option, like carrot sticks and low-fat hummus, a small bag of nuts or a banana? Great! Because these are the sorts of snacks that help us to prevent the afternoon energy slump by delivering key nutrients and slower energy release.
For many of us, though, that ‘after school’ time falls in the middle of a meeting, or picking up our own children up from school and it can be all too easy to reach for what appears to be a quicker and simpler option.
That muffin and coffee in the team meeting seems to be just the sugar / caffeine hit we need to keep our brains in gear.
Chomping on a chocolate bar on the drive home with the kids boosts us with a sugar hit pick me up. What these snacks don’t do is help to regulate our blood sugar levels or keep our energy and moods on an even keel.
Taking time each day to plan your snacks as well as your meals can be key to finding balance in your diet, your mood and your overall well-being.
So here’s your latest challenge – each day, for a week, consciously plan your snacks so that they deliver the sustained energy and nutritional boost you need.
Here are 24 ideas for nutritious snacking http://bit.ly/KmekwN
Until next time
Lara and the Somersault Team