Snacks can get a bad rap, but can be an important part of your healthy diet. If it weren’t for snacks, we’d be starving at meal times and more likely to over-eat. Some of our favorite snacks are: an apple, a banana, raisins, dried fruits, celery, carrots, an egg, low or no salt pretzels, crackers with hummus, yogurt, and a mozzarella stick (no, not beer battered). Or just pick your favorite fruit or vegetable. Watermelon, oranges, cantaloupe, grapes, the yummy list goes on and on and you need more of them in your diet.
Sometimes you get cravings for food even when you are not hungry, just because you are bored. Don’t eat because you are bored. When you feel like you are about to eat when you are bored, think of Fantasy Healthball. Read the sports page. Watch a few minutes of Sports Center. Go outside and throw a football. Walk swiftly around the block. Or just eat if you want to, but make it something snack-appropriate like your favorite fruit or vegetable.
Overcoming cravings to us is about attitude. It is like attitude like running the football is about attitude. Are we gonna shove you back or are you gonna shove us back? Who wants it more? It is the same with cravings. Control them instead of them controlling you. If you really aren’t hungry, then make them wait until you are. If you are hungry, snack smart.
But what happens when you are at home watching TV and that new ad for a Big Mac or some new triple-double-bacon-four-cheese-special sauce-burger comes on and tempts you to jump in your car and go get one? You must think Fantasy Healthball and play some defense! That ad is like an offensive assault against your game plan. Feel free to do some Warren Sapp-like trash talk to the TV: “You ain’t coming after me…I’m too good…Get that weak stuff out of my house…Not in my house!…Not in my house!…DE-FENSE, baby!” — Jim Ballard