Have you ever read a book/magazine/article or listened to a podcast that completely changed the way you thought about something, especially when that something affects your daily life? Gary Taubes book, called Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It was that book for me.
In his book, Taubes argues that the modern diet with its inclusion of too many carbohydrates, particularly refined carbohydrates,is a primary contributor to the obesity epidemic in America. He also argues that no matter how much you exercise, nutrition is the most important factor in determining health. Moreover, the model of calories in, calories out or “I can eat this dessert — I ran 3 miles today!” is just plain wrong.
Good Calories, Bad Calories, another well known nutrition book>
So, if you’re like me, you eat regularly and often. I tend to eat small meals throughout the day, but get hungry every few hours. I need filling, nutritious snacks to get through the day, but also need them to be convenient as I work in an office for the majority of the day’s hours.
Oftentimes, when we think about snacks, we think about grabbing a granola bar, trail mix, or an apple to hold us over until the next meal. These snacks are full of sugar. Yes, even the apple is not safe. In fact, I’ve almost stopped eating fruit altogether. I’ll tell you more about that in another blog post.
My daily snacks look more like this:
- Almonds — Great source of protein.
- Baked Pigskins — This is a true hack. For years, I’ve resorted to eating chips for a nice crunch with any kind of dip or by themselves. But chips are terrible for you (yes, even the blue corn chips). Corn is high in sugar and high on the glycemic index. Pigskins, alternatively, are high in protein. You just have to be careful with the fat content, so I eat the baked porskins instead of fried.
- Cheese — Also another good source of protein.
I also drink electrolyte water every day. I use Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Powder (Grape flavor is my fav!) and put one scoop of powder into ice water about 2 hours before I workout in the evening. This stuff is delicious and so good for you. It’s got a ton of vitamins and minerals and I truly feel more awake after I’ve consumed my daily dose.
I’d love to hear more about your daily low carb snacks — email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In future posts, I’ll talk more about Gary Taubes book and how it truly changed the way I’ve approached my diet. I do have cheat days though, especially for desserts– see my post called Dessert on Purpose for more details.