How snacking can help restore harmony… and help you feel better throughout the day.
Do you find yourself flagging around mid-morning or late afternoon… your brain won’t work, you’re sleepy, tired and you’re feeling grumpy or cranky and just want to lie down somewhere dark and quiet?
Or perhaps you tend to skip lunch (or eat later) having long gaps between meals because you’re trying to lose weight, too busy to stop and eat or you read somewhere that snacking is bad for you?
Maybe you simply don’t feel hungry and thereby believe your body doesn’t need all that extra food, plus you’re gaining weight and so you’re thinking that “being good between meals” will bring long term weight loss?
Skipping meals or having long breaks in between aggravates the cycle of hyper-arousal, nutrient deficiencies and hormonal disruption commonly associated with Hashimoto’s… mostly because it’s messing up your HPA Axis and totally playing silly buggers with your blood sugar levels.
You know, lethargic one minute and over stimulated the next as your body struggles to overcompensate for the long periods of fasting and then dump of excess food all at once.
‘Cos c’mon, let’s be honest… by the time you get around to eating, you’re starving so you hoover up anything and everything you can get your hands on, right?
The other thing you may not be aware of is that missed meals or not enough food can impact on your liver (which is vital for balanced thyroid hormone function)… because your liver is like the hormone and energy book keeper, desperately trying to balance the storage and release of energy or hormones without knowing when or where the next dose is going to come from.
You’re gaining weight fast… the less you eat the more weight you gain and the more tired you get… the more tired you get you the more you skip or scrimp on meals, cut out carbs or binge eat… etc etc etc.
Am I close?
So the bottom line is this: your body is like a pinball machine that’s gone mad… balls are ricocheting, jumping and popping all over the shop and the buttons to control the levers are stuck and not working… something’s gotta give.
It’s time to put your machine in for servicing before it blows up!!
I know I know I know… you’re worried about eating more food and gaining more weight…. and I’m not going to lie, until your body restores balance, finds some harmony and starts working properly, well that’s a very real possibility.
But don’t let it deter you from trying… gaining weight initially is distressing, but the fast weight gain is a sign that things are not working properly and believe me when I tell you that starving yourself or skipping meals is making the situation worse.
Your Hashimoto body needs a wide array of nutrient dense whole foods to work properly (and plenty of them) in conjunction with regulated thyroid hormones, functional kidneys and liver, a balanced HPA axis and a calm digestive tract.
Once you are well on your way (or have achieved that) your body will work well, maintain a stable weight and you’ll have broken the cycle of illness and disease you’re currently stuck in… but you gotta break the cycle somewhere and snacking is a really easy, simple place to start.
IN TIME: Eat every 4 hours (or less). Why? Because your body needs fuel and it needs it regularly to keep all your hormones, energy levels and metabolism ticking along harmoniously… Like any new habit, committing to the daily practice (so you don’t have to think about it) and being consistent in your action of actually doing it (so it becomes automatic) is how you’ll see results. For this type of action, you’ll get the best out of it if you set a reminder like a daily alarm (and actually eat when it goes off!).
EAT ANYTHING: Just eat something, anything at all that appeals to you… for now. Like breakfast, once you build a solid snacking and eating regularly habit, you can work your way up to better snacking from there. Try half an apple with almond butter, a smoothie with banana, nuts, avocado and/or spinach and zucchini or half a turkey sandwich and avocado. If you’re keen, try my bliss balls recipe! It’s the when, not the what that counts when you’re changing habits… you can improve the what later on.
GET ORGANISED: Make some time, somewhere in your day to plan and prepare your snacks and/or ensure you think about when and where you’re next meal is coming from. Cook or buy extras to leave at work, think about no perishable snacks you leave in your handbag and/or make an extra large portion of lunch or dinner and split it in two. The options are endless!
You might just be surprised how such a small thing like a little snack can make such a big difference creating more harmony in your day… try it and see.
YOUR ACTION STEPS: Decide on what… consider when… get it ready… set your alarm… eat every 4 hours.