I don’t really go anywhere without having a snack handy these days. It’s one of the habits that keeps my new lifestyle habits cemented and in focus.
I can be relied upon to dig up at least 200 calories from the bottom of my purse, a pocket in my gym bag or the stash I keep in my desk at work. An apple, a healthy snack bar of some sort, a small bag of nuts…
This is actually a habit I learned as a T2 diabetic.
If a low hit – and they did, often – I had to be able to help myself.
I was on a pharmacy of medications (Lantus, Byetta, Metformin) and there was no real way to predict when a low would hit. I always had something glucose based (juice box, glucose tabs, candy) ready to go… This ‘snack carrying’ habit wasn’t about health – it was simply about blood glucose manipulation and management.
It only took ONE time of heading FAST into a low and NOT having glucose to help myself stop the downward spiral for ‘carrying a snack’ to become an ironclad habit.
Now I carry snacks for a totally different reason.
Maintaining my weight AND my healthy eating habits requires me to keep a certain level of commitment to making sure I have what I need and that I keep practicing the good habits.
And let’s be honest… This wasn’t and isn’t just about healthy eating.
This ‘new habit’ is also about battling a really old, profoundly strong and unhealthy habit…
I was really, really good at making excuses…
To not prepare and plan ahead for those times when I am hungry, forces me to rely on others or surrounding circumstances. For me; that became a built-in excuse for eating like ‘crap’. License to go wild. Permission to just eat whatever happened to be available.
It’s an EXCUSE… Not packing a snack to help myself manage my food and LIFE goals is simply a big FAT EXCUSE… Carry a snack removes that excuse.
I used that excuse ALL the time. At one point in my life I was flying weekly for work. I saw every trip to the airport and every day spent away from home on a business trip as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted; this was an adventure and a ‘special occasion’ after all! Weekly… I traveled weekly. Did you catch that part? (No wonder I weighed 392 pounds…)
So now, NOW, I pack snacks.
It’s a cross between a hobby, an obsession and self-defense.
I take it very seriously.
I don’t want to lose my foothold in and passion for this new healthy lifestyle.
It’s a pretty simple and easy trick. Decidedly unsexy. Boring. But it works for me.
A healthy snack within arms reach removes excuses. It keeps me in control. It helps me stay focused daily on my food, weight, lifestyle goals.
What’s your favorite easy/healthy snack to tote along?!