My Top 3 Reasons to Snack and Knowing thy Self

Do you wonder about snacking and does it REALLY fit into a healthy diet? Shouldn't we just eat healthy meals with enough macros to get to the next one?

I've spoken with thousands of people over the past couple years at events and demo tables about their snacking trying to find the common habits, pitfalls, successes and desires. I have found that many people feel some level of guilt in snacking.  I thought, if we could crack the code for this, we could deliver the perfect snack and everyone would stay on their nutrition game. It turns out that there are many common themes with people and their snacking but their individual lifestyles, nutritional needs and food desires are as varied as the number of snack products on the market.

Here are my top 3 reasons to snack for someone committed to eating healthy:

1. The physical need of the body to take in nutrients. Duh.  If you are on the go and are not going to sit down for a meal for 6 more hours but still have to finish at the office and  want to hit the gym to get your workout in before you go home, you might need a snack. You'll get more out of your workout and feel better after.

2. Substituting a healthy, satisfying snack for an unhealthy snack. Many of us have those times of day or activities that always feel like we need a little something extra. For me its in the evening between dinner and bedtime. For others it may be a road trip or the afternoon in the office.  The body may not need food, but we feel compelled to eat something sweet.  I have learned that rather than completely deny this, its better (for me) to have some better options that won't leave me feeling like I failed my plan. For me these are a rotation of Paleo cookies, almond butter or dark chocolate squares. My personal tip is to eat something with some fat in it for a satiating effect. 

3. Avoiding the "too hungry" zone. To me the "too hungry" zone is when you have not eaten enough since the last meal or throughout the day and you are now highly susceptible to bad nutrition decisions. For me a couple examples have been: deciding to stop at a drive thru for fast food on my way home rather than waiting  to prepare a proper meal, and going to the grocery store when I am too hungry ( I buy junk food). These may be different for each person but we've all been there. Its good to stay out of this zone.

Successfully snacking while staying on your nutrition game requires some self awareness and planning. A food journal is a good way to keep yourself honest about your actual behavior. I've found myself thinking Im eating healthier than I really am until I start logging everything I eat.

No one is perfect nor should we be. Food should provide enjoyment and satisfaction while allowing us to pursue our higher life goals like health, fitness, and longevity. Snacking is part of the equation and doing it smartly can really help stay on track.

 

How changing my diet gave me confidence to take action and follow a dream

About 4 years ago I had had enough. Enough of the cycle of working out to lose weight all the while feeding myself what ever made me feel good: sugar, carbs, and junk food.  At some point I decided to make some changes and the willingness to do so started off a chain reaction that is still working for me today.  

What changed? If you've gone Paleo or something similar you know the benefits that come from a healthy diet and I'm not just talking about bodyfat.  Increased confidence, a general feeling happiness with occasional euphoric sensations are what I personally experienced and noticed as different. 

Confidence? How does your diet impact confidence?  I don't know exactly.  Our bodies are complex integrated systems in which the different inputs: nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress, etc. all impact the way we feel and perform. I noticed the close link between athletic performance and confidence. I started to exercise and train with intent and purpose once I was free from the burden of trying to lose weight. I no longer needed to lose weight. What was left was a desire to become stronger, faster, and better at being an athlete. I found that when I fueled my body with good food, I was able to do more. The more I was able to get from my body physically, the more confident I became. How?  On a daily basis, I would approach challenges in the gym (a heavy weight, a new movement, or a goal to be better than I was yesterday) sometimes with a bit of fear but would take them on. It's almost impossible not to build confidence if you are facing fears, and overcoming them regularly. My experience was that this carried over to other areas of my life.

Dreams? Someone else said "A goal is a dream with a deadline". My dream was to create a business that would be a vehicle for self expression. An expression of how diet and exercise can lead to personal transformation.  I was less and less willing to have this dream in my head and not make it real. I forced myself to think with intention, to be detailed and clear on the actions needed. I gave myself deadlines. Many of the first steps of creating a business were scary. Similar to other challenges, taking them on built confidence. That got me started and in the game. Of course none of what I just wrote was about perfection. I wasn't anywhere close to perfect and failed multiple times. 

Today I try to strengthen my relationship with dreams (what I really want) and reality (taking action). I know that my diet and other inputs are critical to making those things that I want happen. The system (body) seems to positively reinforce. Good inputs lead to good feelings! 

 

 

 

 

Why we use Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many benefits and is easy to incorporate our lives. It aids in everything from weight loss to skin care. Coconut oil is considered one of the greatest “super foods” out there. It has a great combination of good fatty acids that can have many positive effects on your body.

 We use coconut oil in our products because it is nutrient rich and tastes great. Coconut Oil is unlike any other oils. Unlike other oils, it is compromised of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) that are absorbed and created immediately into energy.

 

Some of our favorite benefits of Coconut Oil (besides being the best tasting oil):

 

·       It helps improve bone health.

·       Enhances physical health

·       It is GREAT for digestion.

·       It can improve heart health and lower cholesterol

·       Supports healthy thyroid function

·       It is high in Lauric acid and MCFA helps boost metabolism

·       Topically, it can help the skin heal after injury or infection

·       There are studies linking it to reduce seizures and help prevent or reduce Alzheimer’s

·       It can help improve insulin levels

·       It’s anti inflammatory property can help reduce joint pain

·       It can aid with weight loss.

·       Helps against kidney diseases

·       It can improve sleep patterns

·       It has been proven to increase mental awareness

How we feel about Dates

"We choose dates because of their natural benefits and amazing taste! Dates are rich in vitamins and are earth’s natural candy. Including dates in your diet delivers vitamins and minerals that are necessary to maintain optimum health.

Dates have been proven to help with bone and heart health as well as allergies, the intestinal tract, the nervous system and they are a great energy booster, just to name a few.

We use dates because we find that they add the perfect amount of natural sweetness to make our products taste amazing. Filled with natural sugars and fibers, we can’t keep our hands off of them…. and neither can you! At Paleo Prime we truly believe in using the most beneficial ingredients to maintain optimal health. We enjoy making our Paleo goodies taste perfect for you to enjoy and re-energize after a long day at the gym."