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Snacks: For good or for evil?

Wow, I have about 9 posts in draft form — so many ideas, not enough time! Will catch up this weekend.

Anyway, I want to talk about snacks. I have been a host mom here in the US for young women in their late teens to mid twenties from different countries for the past five years. They often say, I LOVE American food! and when I ask them what they mean by American food, they almost always reply, “snacks!”

Great, our culinary contribution to the world is snack food. Sigh.

I also see a huge emphasis on planning snacks for kids — I don’t remember mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacktimes for kids everywhere I went as a kid.

Not to mention snacks for adults — just look at all the new snack choices at fast food places — little mini sandwiches and snacky wraps, etc.

We even gas up at minimarts now, stores filled almost entirely with snacks. God forbid we drive anywhere without a drink and a snack.

Is it possible or desirable to not snack? I can easily be a grazing day-long snacker who doesn’t eat a normal meal but takes in way too many unhealthy calories — kind of mindlessly, even. That’s kinda how I got here to begin with.

I hear advice ranging from three meals and nothing in between to six small meals to three meals and one or two or three snacks. What I’m experimenting with is planning on three meals and having a healthy snack if I’m hungry. (Trying to learn about intuitive eating.)

So, I know everyone has a theory, but what actually WORKS for you? To snack or not to snack, that is the question.

Fri, September 19 2008 » Strategy

2 Responses

  1. Lyn September 22 2008 @ 5:44 pm

    My snack strategy (the one that works, that I lose weight on) is to have a snack IF I am hungry around 10:30am, and then at 3:30 whether I am hungry or not. No snacking after dinner.

  2. Alexia September 22 2008 @ 9:15 pm

    That sounds reasonable!