Posted: Oct 24, 2018
A couple of days ago we started the conversation around the classic “3pm slump” that often occurs, leaving you reaching for food for energy. That fuel can be achieved through caffeine or processed carbohydrates: anything the body can use for an instant boost. And although this may do the trick in the moment, people tend to slip back into their low energy state soon after.
The same thing happens during the period of time after dinner when anything and everything in the kitchen seems to be fair game. No food seems to satisfy the craving of energy regardless of what is available. So what can you do to avoid these patterns day in and day out?
In addition to being more aware of what you are eating, making sure your meals and snacks are timed properly throughout the day can help eliminate those cravings later on in the afternoon or evening.
Have you ever gone 4, 5 or 6 hours without food only to get to a meal absolutely ravenous? When this happens, I bet the last thing you feel like eating is a fresh salad or putting effort into a big meal prep. Similarly, when you skip breakfast or miss a meal, your body will end up craving more food later in the day to make up for the calories you haven’t yet consumed.
Eating every 3-4 hours can ensure that you are providing your body with substantial fuel throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be a large meal this often, but breaking up the day with 2-3 snacks is often beneficial to your appetite and blood sugar levels.
So bring snacks with you to work or in the car, make sure you have time to have a meal (or even a smoothie) to start the morning off and enjoy the feeling of being satisfied throughout the day!