I just got Amelia Freer's book "Eat. Nourish. Glow." in the mail over the weekend. I first learned of the British nutritional therapist when I saw Boy George raving about her on Instagram, so I was intrigued and preordered it back in March.
I flipped open the book and stopped on this very page:
Oh, holy moly, you got me, lady. It was like a smack upside the head.
Hi, I'm Gail, and I'm a snacker.
Aren't you supposed to eat every 4 hours? Or is it 3 hours Or every couple hours? Yeah, that's my problem, especially after lunch and all the way up to bed.
Snack, snack, snack.
Now, I'm not talking Doritos or ice cream bars. No sir. We are snacking HEALTHY. Apples and almond butter. Protein bars. Maybe some more almonds. A salad. A can of sardines (Who eats sardines as a snack? Only the healthiest eater in the world!!!). Some hummus and baby carrots. Hummus and my index finger.
Get the picture?
Then I hopped on the bike at the gym this morning and saw this:
OK, OK, I'll read the book!
I knew that Sam Smith is also a client of Amelia Freer and he's been looking fantastic. This morning he was on "Good Morning America" talking about his relationship with food and his weight. Imaginary Gay British Boyfriend, I can so relate. I have those chubby kid photos, too.
Today at my dietitian appointment, I handed over my Fitbook for her perusal and she agreed -- too much snacking.
So my latest task is to not restrict at meal time so that there's no need to snack. I still have that diet mentality of keeping mealtime calories under a certain number of calories. I haven't been counting calories for a couple months now and it's sooooo freeing! But I still tend to restrict myself somewhat at mealtime. But all that does is leave me hungry.
Meryl's suggestion is to look for ways to nutritionally supercharge my meals to keep my insulin levels from see-sawing and increase satiety. So it's all about the healthy fat and fiber. Today at lunch I added a tablespoon of Nutzo and a tablespoon of uncooked oatmeal (seriously, it's great!) to my smoothie. Oatmeal is one of my "magical foods" that keeps me full for ages. (I've got a recipe coming up this week that'll show off one of my new favorite breakfasts.)
We're also working with circadian rhythms and making lunch the biggest meal of the day. So I added a chicken breast alongside my smoothie. (Update: It's now 6:11 p.m. and I have absolutely no interest in making or eating dinner.)
So tonight I'll be settling down with "Eat. Nourish. Glow" and perhaps a Sam Smith album as inspiration.