SNACKING AND THE DEVELOPMENT DIET
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© September 2022, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
II. Better Snacks
III. Occasional Snacks
IV. Forbidden Snacks
Ideally, do not snack between meals!
Dogs and cats. Everything in this article applies to your dog or cat. If you love your dog, skip the treats. Snacks and dog treats are very hard on digestion for several reasons:
- It does not allow enough time between meals for proper digestion
- Snacks usually contain a very improper balance of nutrients and this is more upsetting of body chemistry.
- Often, people snack while working or driving a car. These are not good times to eat.
- Many snack foods are not that good, whereas regular food such as cooked vegetables are often much more nutritious.
BAD REASONS TO SNACK (with suggestions)
- Feeling bored (change jobs or find something to do that you enjoy)
- Feeling sad or depressed (follow the development program, including the mental part of the program. Other ideas are to listen to music, watch an uplifting movie or program on television, read a good book, talk with a friend, or perhaps you need more rest)
- Feeling tired (take a rest)
- A social occasion in which everyone else is snacking (drink some water instead of eating, or perhaps leave, or just be different)
- Feeling nervous (better ways to relax are to rub your feet or hands (reflexology), take a nap, stretch, take a walk, or take another action to relax.
REASONS TO SNACK
1. If you did not eat enough at the previous meal and you find yourself becoming weak or dizzy or tired an hour or more before your next scheduled meal. In these cases, a snack may be needed, especially if it is too early to eat the next meal.
However, do your best to correct the amount you eat so that you won't need snacks in the future.
2. Until health returns, some people have an unstable blood sugar level and need to eat more frequently. The best solution to this problem is eat four or five meals daily, not snacking. However, at times a snack may be needed.
If you need to snack, this article will guide your selection of snacks. Here are three lists of snack foods:
II. BETTER SNACK FOODS
A few sardines
Some soft goat cheese or plain goat yogurt
A few blue corn chips
A few tablespoons of sauerkraut
Hummus or tahini
II. OCCASIONAL SNACK FOODS
A few yellow corn chips
Food Bars, such as protein bars
III. FORBIDDEN SNACK FOODS
Nuts (too hard to digest for most people until you develop somewhat)
Smoothies or shakes
Cake, donuts, muffins or biscuits
Dried fruit, such as raisins
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