Body After Baby: Do You Snack?

This weeks question was, what is your favorite healthy snack? My aunt sent me this interesting article on snacking. It talks about how we are always snacking and parents have this idea that children need to have snacks all the time! It’s become so routine for us to have a snack after lunch, before dinner, after dinner, after breakfast… we’re always snacking! It reminded me of my high school days, when my brother and I would come home from school and eat a snack. This was about 3 hours after we had lunch at school, and our snacks were usually lunch size portions! I am just such a snacker! Do you snack?
Besides just the basic fruits and vegetables, here are a few ideas for healthy snacking:
  • Nuts
  • dried fruit
  • Crackers
  • Chips & Salsa (the good kind)
  • Apple with peanut butter
  • Egg whites
  • String Cheese
  • Cheese melt– more like part of a meal but it looks delicious!
Snacking is fine as long as we keep our portions small! I’m more of a snacker and eat small meals throughout the day rather than eating 3 basic larger meals.

I got a gym membership at Planet Fitness. If you’ve never seen one or been inside one (I hadn’t until just recently) it’s basically like Barney meets a fake lemon. Their logo and colors are bright purple and bright yellow. Brilliant color combination. I try not to complain because it’s only $15 a month, in which I’m clearly getting what I’m paying for here. It feels great to lift weights again. Out of all the people there tonight, I was one of the only females lifting weights. Why is that? Why do the majority of women do cardio only? Do you lift weights?

I wanted to address something that I saw on TV tonight. Octotripledouble mom (sorry, I forgot her name) was doing an interview on some celebrity gossip show. In her interview they were asking her how she managed to lose 150 pounds without surgery, and she credited a bunch of it to her genes. I can’t quote her exactly here, but it was very similar to something like, “people don’t realize how important good genes are. If you don’t have good genes, pretty much nothing you do will help.” If you saw this interview, I’m sure you remember what I’m talking about. I want to tell you that what she said is not true! Yes, genes may help you but you are certainly not at a lost cause if you “have bad genes.” I think what she said was really discouraging, especially for many people who may be watching this interview. With hard work, consistency, a good workout routine and the correct nutrition, anything is possible!
How did you do last week? What are you goals for this week? Let’s hear about it!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

11 thoughts on “Body After Baby: Do You Snack?

  1. Dr. Sears highly recommends raising “grazers”. That we should eat 5-6 small meals as opposed to 3 large meals, like you said you do. I've been trying to do this more. One of my favorite snacks is a few slices of local cheese with wheat crackers and either grapes or an apple. Chips and salsa are always good too 🙂

  2. To answer your question – I do lift weights! I love to lift weights. We have a whole set of free weights here at our house! And the end result of having those cuts in the arms is awesome!!!

    Can't wait to see how everyone else did this week!

  3. I try to do the 5 meals and drink a glass of water with each! But my snack craving only comes at night after 9 pm! So either I try to go to sleep early (or else I'll eat anything I can find) or eat Kashi crackers with cheese slices and apples. It always hits the spot and still tastes good. Much better than my old habit of eating spaghetti around 11pm and having a stomach ache all night 🙂

  4. I am doing terrible this time around on Body after Baby… but I won't give up 🙂

    oh and a comment on good genes vs bad genes… you're right, you are not a lost cause if you have “bad genes” – however, coming from a “bad gene” background, I can say with certainty that you are a decided DISadvantage when you have a family history of being overweight or some other issue (such as the thyroid disease that my father, brother, and I all struggle with). It's definitely discouraging to see people who are able to just “melt the weight off” quickly when you work your butt off but have not just diet and exercise, but NATURE fighting against you.

  5. It really bugs me when people say they can't lose weight because of their family genetics! Sure, sometimes we are “cursed” genetically with something we do not like. It could be low metabolism, big boobs, small butt, or anything. It is all about not giving up and working with what you have.

  6. I do believe some of us have a more difficult time losing weight, gain it more easily and are more sensitive to the good feelings of dopamine that food can give.

    And some of it is family culture and habit.

    But being fit is available to everyone — no matter the genes

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