Sometimes thinking outside the box for a snack is beyond challenging. Thinking outside the box is what I think is truly the key for changing the way we are used to eating and boy can it be hard! When your blood sugar is low at 3:00 in the afternoon all you can think about is a snickers or some chips. Pushing yourself beyond the box of processed snack food is crucial at this time. I have found that if I just do some self talking and give myself a minute I can push past that feeling of “there’s nothing else to eat” and start getting creative. It usually looks something like this –
Ok, I have got to eat something, I am starving
looking, looking, I see the cucumber and the celery but keep looking, looking
ok, deep breath, walk away from fridge
take a drink of water, deep breath
Oh! I love avocado and apples I’ll have that!
That’s the process that I usually go through when I can’t think of anything besides the traditional snack. I do it at meals too. I did it this morning when all I could think of was pancakes and I didn’t want to fall to pancakes and I didn’t have time to make them. I am committed to eating healthy and my committment is strengthened by the absolute, did I say absolute, yes the absolute absence of anything processed in my house to eat. That helps a lot to push past the “What’s to eat phase” to the “Oh that’s a great idea to eat sautéed fresh green beans with almonds for breakfast with cantaloupe on the side!”