We all have different eating habits and patterns, but one thing’s for sure is that we all eat and drink. We need to for survival. (Unless you are a Breatharian, and then you don’t – but that’s beside the point)
Let’s be honest here, food is enjoyable. We LOVE food! So why is food look at as the enemy?
The wrong kinds of foods are the enemy – the ones that aren’t good for us. If that’s the case, why do we keep eating them?
Is it their addictive qualities?
Is it because they taste delicious?
Is it because that’s the only thing that’s on your desk to eat as you work?
Ah, take a good look at that last question. If you’re like me, you have snacks on your desk. You may even have a secret snack drawer with your stash of fattening goodies. If you do – there is no judgment from me, I used to have one too when I worked in the corporate world.
Reaching for a snack while working is actually a habit. It’s a mindless activity we do. The hand to mouth movement is very normal and ingrained in us as a muscle memory.
It’s also a very Americanized habit. In the book Lesson From Madam Chic – It explains how the French do not snack. That it’s considered rude. Madam Chic says that snacking is “so not chic”.
*Sorry Madam Chic, I’m going to have to ask you to turn your head and pardon my rudeness while I snack because stopping is not going to happen. I love it too much.*
Habit or not, eating happens. Snacking happens. Gaining weight happens. Losing weight happens.
It’s all woven together in a very complicated way.
But it doesn’t have to be complicated. The habit of snacking is already there. The muscle memory has been there since birth. To change it would be nearly impossible. It’s why smokers have such a hard time breaking the smoking habit because they are trying to break the natural hand to mouth muscle memory. Some replace it with snacking, which most of the time causes weight gain.
Let’s face it, the act of eating snacking is not the issue. It’s the food that goes into our mouths that causes the weight gain. The extra calories, the processed fat and sugar the body doesn’t know what to do with is the culprit.
Instead of changing the hand to mouth muscle memory habit, let’s create a simple hack. This is something I do every morning after my walk and it works like a charm.
I put it on my desk so I can sip on it as I write and work.
I make it big enough (at least 20oz) so that it lasts all morning.
This has several benefits.
- It gives your body healthy nutrition to start the day off right.
- It’s fast & easy to make.
- It’s portable so if you’re on the go I can take it with you.
- It curbs junk food cravings.
- It helps your blood sugars stay stable throughout the day.
- It keeps your brain clear and fully functional.
- It balances the body.
And best of all…it doesn’t make you change your hand to mouth muscle memory.
Smoothies also replace morning snacking. With this hack – you won’t even miss it.
I’ve been making smoothies for breakfast for 5 years now. Sometimes they are green smoothies and here recently they are chocolate. All made with natural, delicious fresh ingredients. Green smoothies are what helped me to lose 40 pounds in 4 months and get my life on the road to better health. I even help others create this healthy habit by offering a 21 Day Green Smoothies For Breakfast Challenge over at one of my other sites. You’re welcomed to join it. It’s free. 🙂