It’s the beginning of a new year and as resolutions fly in the air and changes welcomed in every way, one change could be that of your health.
You have joined the gym, you take walks every day but what about your food, has it changed at all, is your eating behavior the same and are you still having cramps in your stomach and gaining weight even when you thought you promised yourself to lose some?
Well, this might be caused by one thing, it’s small and seems harmless but it could literally kill you, snacking….
Food is of great importance and without it one could easily die. It sustains and promotes healthy and appropriate growth.
When a child is born, a mother understands that to achieve optimum weight, they must ensure that the child is fed.
A family shares memories over a warm Sunday meal and communities come together to celebrate life with an abundance of food. Unfortunately many have misused food and have found comfort in it, eating even when our bodies cannot take any more.
Snacking has become a lifestyle habit that many indulge in without remorse or guilt. In between meals, one constantly feeds on small crisps or finds themselves chewing on candy. Some snacks have gradually become big dishes which are nutritionally robbed and are eaten after breakfast, lunch or supper.
But what is wrong with snacking?
Well here it is, naturally our bodies are designed to take three meals a day without any snacks in between except for water. The main dishes are adequate enough to provide the body with all needed nutrients that supply energy, provide optimum growth and maintain strong immunities.
These meals include a variety of foods from carbohydrates , proteins, vitamins and minerals from fruits and veggies.
Eaten 6 hours apart, the digestive system is able to function better and the body uses the energy for different jobs. When one decides to snack, they add unnecessary weight to their bodies, especially since the snacking choices aren’t so wise. Many snack on sugar filled packaged foods that are high on a glycemic scale, adding extra sugar to the body, which in turn promotes cavities and could later become diabetes. The other common choice is salty foods that have so much sodium content that easily could cause a rise in blood pressure.
Sodas and drinks also are a preference for snacks which also contain caffeine and unnatural sugars that are detrimental to the body.
This habit of finding food as a comfort is very unhealthy and is not easy to get rid of. The colourful and attractive packages, the scent and sight of food can be a struggle to overcome. Walking through the supermarket aisles becomes such a temptation to grab and snack, when hurting and emotionally unstable, it becomes very easy to find chocolates and cakes as a loyal friend but the truth is this entire snacking ends up hurting the body.
It does not always necessary show and this makes one think they can get away with snacking, but it is when they start experiencing digestive pains, fatigues and constant bloating that snacking becomes an enemy.
On packaged foods, to determine if there are added sugars, look on the ingredient list. The ingredients are listed in order of amount by weight from most to least. Names for added sugars in an ingredient list include brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, malt syrup, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose, and syrup.
If you must snack, nothing defines comfort like veggies, water, fruits and nuts. These can be vege sticks or fruit cubes that you can prepare for yourself with light dressing. They are beneficial and health giving foods, adequate enough for cell growth. This food supplies your body with body boosting nutrients and makes one feel refreshed because they do not put a strain on your digestion. Their different bright colours reflect a bright spectrum of cancer fighting foods. These are amazing and fun choices for kids as you can create many pretty recipes for them in controlled quantities.
Remember every food that you indulge in comes back to you thus it is very wise to eat healthy and kick the snack away…