Grazing: To eat snacks throughout the day instead of full meals. Grazing is the equivalent of a four letter word to dieters and WLS’ers alike. Everyone has grazing days for one reason or another. Could be stress, you’re on the run all day, comfort eating, etc.
If it seems like the fridge is calling your name all day every day, though, it could quickly derail your weight loss efforts. One thing I’ve found to be the cause of frequent grazing is missing nutrients somewhere in your diet. If your body feels its missing out on something, it can continue to tell you you’re “hungry” in hopes you’ll eat something that will satisfy what it needs.
Having a diet that isn’t very varied can cause grazing. If you’re bored with your food, your body probably is too. Try and change things up a bit. Try new foods out, new spices and recipes. If your diet is full of empty calories, bingo, there’s another reason for grazing. Reaching for simple carbs, or sugary garbage (which is a no-no for us WLS peeps anyway) causes blood sugar spikes and crashes, leaving your body craving for more carbs/sugars to bring it back up again, which obviously leads to a grazing cycle.
The very easiest way to break the cycle is meal planning. I personally always have “grazing” days when I find myself staring in the cabinets wondering what I’m going to eat. Never a good idea. Have a clear plan of what you’ll eat throughout the day or the next few days, making sure each meal is well balanced, contains plenty of protein and complex carbs, and are spaced every 3-4 hours. You’ll find in no time this will break the grazing cycle!
For an afternoon pick-me-up, try a coffee protein shake!
1 Nectar Grab ‘n Go Cappuccino
1 cup cold coffee
1/4 cup milk
3 pumps sugar free caramel syrup
5-6 ice cubes
Pulse in blender till smooth.