"Just eat when you are hungry.” I’m sure you’ve heard this advice before.
This might be the health and fitness related “advice” that draws the biggest eye roll from me.
It does not work with mom life!
Let me paint a picture for you...
All day long we go around thinking about everyone but ourselves, being pulled in a million directions. Then, that hour of that day hits, for me it’s 3:30-4 o’clock. I hit a wall ...I’m just plain done.
I turn into what I lovingly refer to as my mom-ster alter ego.
My head hurts, I can’t think straight. Sometimes my arms and legs feel weak and shaky. I just want to lay down in my room by myself….or eat a whole bag of chips (bag of m&ms, piece of chocolate cake, container of ice cream...)!
I skipped right over hungry...
If you believe the “just eat when your hungry” advice, on top of being hangry you feel like a failure because “why can’t you do something that sounds so simple?”
Don’t wait until you are hangry!
Instead plan ahead.
Step 1: Determine what time of day does this happen for you.
For some of you, you’ll know exactly what time of day this is for you already. Others might need to pay a little extra attention and take some time… that’s ok.
The funny thing about habits like this is that sometimes we don’t even realize we have them. That’s whyall my programs focus on uncovering and understanding the habits you have as part of the process to creating new ones.
Step 2: Plan a protein rich snack for about 30 min BEFORE then.
If you are on the go a lot also, keep your car, desk and/or purse stocked with snacks.
Beef jerky (nitrate free), almonds, and Quest Bars are some examples of protein heavy, portable snacks.
Don’t need full on meal planning with Tupperware, but you do need to have a plan!