Wow, how fitting that this week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn ! My post was going to be
grazing snacking. Doo doo doo dooooooooo Um, that was supposed to be the theme from “Twilight Zone” It sounds right in my head…
I’m a snacker. Period.
I don’t usually eat meals. I snack.
Are you a sweet or savory snacker? What do you look for in a healthy snack?
I’m an equal opportunity snacker. I can easily go sweet or salty. I’m making the transition from anything and everything snacker to healthy snacker. I usually go for fruits and veggies straight from the fridge. Even I can’t mess those up! I might even go so far as to make some popcorn. Thank goodness for the popcorn button on the microwave. I’d be lost without it! If I’m feeling a little fancy I’ll cut up some cheese and grab a few crackers. But my hands down, all time favorite snack is frozen fruit. Grapes, blueberries, peaches it doesn’t matter. I can eat for a meal. I almost feel like I’m cheating. It’s cold, it’s frozen…it’s like ice cream, but not so bad for me! The worst part is the waiting for the fruit to freeze. As a snacker I look for ease. If it requires the oven, stove or more than one button on the microwave, I’m out!
Part of my issue is that I dont’ cook. I don’t know how. I can make all of about three things. I’ve tried broadening my horizons when it comes to the kitchen, but whatever I attempt to cook ends up burnt to a crisp AND raw. What I have is a rare, rare talent! My cooking skills are a total joke. Seriously, the standing joke is something about me needing a recipe for ice and some how burning that. Ha. Ha. Ha. Can you feeeeeel the sarcasm?
The options for feeding myself and B are limited. We can exist prepackaged food that has sky-high sodium levels, eat out and spend a significant amount of money, eat the three things I know how to make over and over and over and over, or snack.
B has incredibly odd eating habits. He gets up for work at 5am, is out the door and doesn’t eat until he gets home around 3. I don’t know how this man stays so slim. He eats from 3pm until about 7pm. It works for him, so I’m not going to knock it.
However, I cannot do that. On my days off, I’ll get up and eat something simple. Around 10 I’ll have a muffin or toast because I’m hungry. Lunch time for normal people rolls around and I’m hungry again. I can either make a sandwich or some other lunch type thing, or snack until B gets home and I make something or we go out. I generally choose snack. If B and I are going to eat an actual meal, I want to be hungry and eat with my husband.
I used to snack on the crap food we had in the house. Chips, cookies, whatever sounded good. I’d take the whole bag and sit my butt down on the couch and watch Lifetime until B got home and it was time to hand over the clicker.
I’m trying to change my snacking habits. My body has issues and couldn’t recognize the insulin it had so it would tell me I needed something sweet and sugary. It’s almost like being diabetic, except my body does make what it needs, it just doesn’t know how to recognize everything is there. My body still doesn’t know what it wants/needs, but my issues have been diagnosed and I’m on medication to help my body absorb what it needs.
My body is starting to work correctly, but my brain is still having some issues. My brain wants to still wants to eat those crappy things because they taste good. I have zero will power so I don’t keep the crap in the house anymore. B isn’t too thrilled, but whatever. If he wants it, he can do the grocery shopping! Haha, right! If it isn’t in the house, it isn’t there for me to eat. I don’t miss it. I don’t miss the high calories. I don’t miss eating and being hungry again a few hours later. I don’t miss feeling sluggish. This new way of snacking is here to stay!
I’ve been slacking on my water intake and getting my sweat on this week. It’s time to give myself a kick in the slightly less toned rear and get it together! It sucks to fall down off the wagon. It’s hard to get back up and on, but I can do this! Anyone else have that song stuck in their head? I fall down, but I get up again. Ain’t nothing gonna keep me down…. Ugh.