Meals and Snacks
When you hear people talk about Meals and Snacks, they approach it as if it is something totally brand new but Meals and Snacks was something I grew up with. It wasn’t necessarily traditional meals and snacks like you hear of now in fitness circles but it was just that. It was most prevalent for me during the summer when I was working on the farm or around the house in our garden or in the yard. A traditional day in the tobacco field would be something like this. We would wake up and grab something quick. Typically a leftover biscuit from the night before with a little Cane Patch Syrup in a hole we punched in it with our thumb or just something quick. Then, we’d unload a barn of tobacco and put it in sheets to be taken to the pack house until we took it to market. That was before daylight. Then, we’d eat a good breakfast of something like grits and scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage and toast. Then, we’d start working and work for 2 or 3 hours. The mid-morning snack was usually a pepsi or mountain dew and a pack of crackers. Dinner (Lunch) was something hearty with chicken, rice, gravy biscuits, butterbeans, etc. Sometimes we’d take a quick nap after eating. Mid-morning snack was another pepsi and pack of crackers and for Supper we’d have another hearty meal with a dessert usually. Now mind you, we were burning a TON of calories a day in the field so eating like that wasn’t a problem. We just burned it all off, but the fact that we had a snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon was needed to keep us going and keep our bodies firing on all cylinders. We also drank a bunch of water during the day to stay hydrated in the heat. If someone didn’t get enough water,or eat a snack or a good meal, they would “monkey” in the field which is now known as heat exhaustion or if you’re working out, we call it “bonking”. We just called in “monkeying”.
Meals and Snacks – Don’t Monkey
When someone slowed down in the field, we would call it “getting the monkey on your back”. Usually, a snack or a pepsi/mountain dew and a pack of crackers would help. Their bodies were just depleted of energy stores so sugars and salts worked wonders. We had no idea about Gatorade. I’m not even sure it had been invented, but salty crackers and a sweet soft drink or even sweet tea was awesome. So, now you’re asking, what does this mean to me? Well, that’s a great question.
This will especially make more sense if you’re working out. Meals and Snacks are crucial if you’re working out, maybe even more crucial if you AREN’T working out. Here is what most people do. BAD breakfast full of simple carbs or no breakfast. No snack. Fastfood lunch. No snack. And then at night, they pack it in and overeat because they are starving and then they go to bed on a full stomach. The body is in basic starvation mode all day. It doesn’t get what it needs so even after you eat, shortly afterward you are hungry again because the body knows what it wants and it will make you overeat in order to get the nutrients it needs and there are not good nutrients in most foods. When that happens, the body starts to shut down non essential systems. You may not necessarily feel it right away, but you walk slower, talk slower, think slower, your metabolism slows and all of that. You basically starve the fire all day long and then you smother it at night with a huge meal. That is what most people do.
What you SHOULD do, is eat a good healthy breakfast with complex carbs, proteins and good fats. Then a healthy, non-processed mid-morning snack. a decent mid day meal with protein and complex carbs again, and a good mid-afternoon snack. Then at night, you won’t be starving and you won’t overeat at night. As I said, if you’re working out, you really need to do this to keep your metabolism stoked so you don’t “monkey” or bonk during the workouts, but if you aren’t working out (which you should be), eating good snacks and good meals will help keep you charged up for the day and keep your metabolism stoked.
Meals and Snacks can include Shakeology and P90X Protein Bars
For me, Shakeology takes one of the meals or snacks out of the equation. It’s relatively low calorie and has everything your body needs. Remember when I said there are not good nutrients in food anymore? That may be why you crave certain foods. Your body isn’t getting what it needs, in the right proportions at the right time. Try eating better meals and in between meal snacks, but not junkie processed foods. Almonds, an apple or orange, some greek yogurt , and P90X Protein Bars are perfect. Give it a try. you have nothing to lose but weight!!