Stay Away From Toxic Temptations

Skip-the-Snacks

Boxes of cheese bites and crackers, biscuits, lollies, healthy bars, paleo bars, chocolate bars, popcorn, Twisties, corn chips, potato chips, and even ready-to-eat mini cucumbers. supermarkets display shout out at you: snack!

Packaging is colourful; messaging is powerful. “Make your life easy and your body healthy”. The essence of this message has permeated our healthy eating mindset in the last two decades.

In the meantime, metabolic chronic disease and hormonal imbalances are rising.

It’s time to ask the question: is there such a thing as snacking?

The constant availability of food is a recent reality. Three meals, two snacks a day is a digestive and hormonal non-sense for most of us. During your 10-year menopausal window, grazing all day causes havoc in your hormonal balance.

One of the main reasons I hear from women who keep snacking and do not change their habit is “I am afraid of feeling hungry” or “I don’t want to feel deprived”.

Today, I want to explore a topic that has transformed the lives of perimenopausal and menopausal women who have embraced the principles of my Skip-the-Snack Method. It starts with overcoming your “hunger bully”.

Here is why tuning into what your body is trying to tell you transforms your relationship with snacking

Hunger often seems uncontrollable, a bully, something meaner and stronger than you. And you tend to believe the only way to get your hunger away is to feed it to make it quiet. That’s how you end up eating five times a day or more.

The definition of hunger is “an uncomfortable feeling coupled with the desire to eat”.

Hunger is a feeling

If you miss the feeling, you go directly to satisfy your desire to eat. You end up disempowered and weak.

To overcome your fear of hunger, the first step is to get out of your head into your body and recognise the feeling. Once there, you can stop reacting and start acting on what best serves your body and mind.

Hunger is an uncomfortable feeling

The deep sensation of discomfort or gnawing in your stomach or abdomen is a survival mechanism that makes you move and look for food. In a society of abundance, this is often a lure, with a lot of confusion between true hunger and the desire to eat.

To conquer uncomfortable situations, embrace discomfort by tuning into your body sensations with an open heart and a neutral mind. There, you can decide between true hunger and temporary discomfort. Be confident and take the leap!

Hunger is coupled with the desire to eat

There is no such thing as hunger escalating as time goes by. Just think about the last time you were caught in a meeting at noon only to realise it’s already 2 p.m. and you haven’t had your lunch.

The immediate desire to eat is instinctual. Your prefrontal cortex, on the other hand, knows very well that responding to instant gratification is not the most appropriate response for long-term results. Activating your prefrontal cortex is a skill you learn and reinforce over time.

True fulfilment and self-connection result from continuously addressing and overcoming challenges. By respecting your food choices and food timing you tame your brain and overcome your “hunger bully”.

If you want to improve your hormonal health and stop feeling enslaved by snacking, I have created the Skip-the-Snack Method. In three steps and sixteen days, you assess, review and reject snacks for good. You tame your “hunger bully” and start to experience more energy, more resilience and a lot of self-confidence.

This blog is meant to educate and should not be used as a substitute for personal medical or psychological advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions. All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the information presented is accurate, however, new findings may supersede some information presented. As every single individual circumstances will be different, no individual results should be seen as typical.