Have you ever had to sit at your desk for several hours studying, working or doing paper work but then all you could think of is eating something? I know I have and such was true last week when I was doing my final assignments for the personal training course I’m currently doing. I was probably more hungry in my mind (had eaten my main meals already) rather than really hungry. I was tempted to snack but I knew that if I had too many snacks then this wouldn’t be good.
Sometimes we know we aren’t really hungry but we feel like eating will help us focus more, or just get through the task we need to get through. When this type of ‘hunger’ strikes, be armed with an action plan so that you don’t end up snacking on high kilojoule / calorie alternatives that can in time lead to weight gain or health problems.
What to do when this type of hunger strikes between meals (if this hunger strikes and it is lunch time, then have lunch but this is more a scenario of a sense of ‘hunger’ striking when you have already eaten adequately)? Use it as an opportunity to get your fibre and nutrients up! In fact when not use it as an opportunity to try and meal the recommended 5-6 serves of vegetables each day (1 serve = 1 cup raw or 1/2 cup cooked)? Make up vegetable platers e.g. carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, capsicum sticks, cherry tomatoes with a side of a little some raw nuts and fruit (pictured). One of the days last week I made up a plater that had 3 small carrots, 1 cucumber and 1/2 red capsicum cut into sticks and then I also had a cup of cherry tomatoes. To add a bit of variety I had a small plate of 6-7 Brazil nuts, 3-4 dried apricots and about 10 grapes. This kept me going for hours! It was very filling and a great way to get dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. I easily met my 5 serves of vegetables that day too!
So next time you’re ‘chained’ to the desk or even if you’re home doing house work or looking after the kids. Take a few minutes to prepare a vegetable plater (it literally takes no time to prepare & could also be done the night before) and leave this in a place you walk past regularly or on your desk. You’ll have ready snacks and be less tempted to grab something more indulgent!