I really believe that if you want to kill your eating disorder, then you have to make eating 3 small meals and 3 snacks frequently through the day part of your daily regime. There were several reasons for changing my eating habits, but I really was sick of feeling overly hungry by night time and my extreme mood swings due to malnourishment were getting on everyone’s nerves. 3 snacks, actually healthy snacks prevent overeating at meal times. In recovery we cannot trust our hunger levels, therefore snacking is a crucial part of restoring normal eating.
I used to be a sugar addict, carbonated drinks, sweets was my answer to everything. After I relapsed, I would get very hungry later, which would make me susceptible to making even less-healthier choices and adopting dangerous behaviors to get body rid of that gooey greasy sugar affects.. shuderrrrrrrr..
I’m not an active person, but I do get hungry after every 1-2 hours and in Eating Disorder days I would not eat for several several hours which would naturally lead to another eating disorder behavior at main meal times.
Six small meals is what my body wants from me.
Making healthy snack choices prevents me from entering subconscious overeating state of mind at lunch and dinner times and enables me to stay within my set calorie intake for that day.
Most filing and least sugar laden snacks in relapse recovery for me are:
Home made Walnut butter– My recovery is not complete without walnuts, just add walnuts to food processor , add 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil and blend until smooth. Refrigerate and use it on bagel, in breakfast cereals, smoothies , puddings etc.
Low fat Greek Yogurt- with any fruit or granola or flaxseeds. If I had that for my morning snack, then it was a smooth transition to lunch with friendly bacteria humming in my stomach.
Flavored Frozen Yogurt– I love mangoes and peaches so puree a fruit of choice, and mix it into plain Greek yogurt and freeze it.. In my old days i would make a fruit coli to go with my perfect frozen yogurt. Lots of calcium, home made and say Adios to Pinkberry.
Date bars or add 3 dates to your smoothies. I love dates. Combine
dates with 1 ounce of pistachios.
Granola Bar– I swear by them, my Favorite is Planters Nutrition Digestive Health Bar
Nothing can beat this KIND Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants 190cals
Tuna– mini tuna salad on melba toast is excellent. (low in calories but high in goodness) 160cals
Salmon- If you’re crazy for Salmon (like me) then this baby snack is perfect, smoked salmon on rye cracker or rice cracker or whatever
Almonds– 1 ounce about 22 almonds provide you with protein, fibre, 75mg calcium, and highest amount of vitamin E from all nuts. Or take 11 almonds and combine then with few dates… hmmm bliss
Pistachios 1 ounce (48 nuts) or a pistachio bar 149 cals
Dry cereal with trail mix- I love this , if I know dinner will be super delayed due to any reason.
Pumpkin seeds high in Vitamin E that keep your hair shiny and skin beautiful.
Pumpkin Seeds Snack recipe by Paula Deen
1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds, roasted and salted
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup dried dates, chopped
1/2 cup unsalted almonds
1/2 cup candy coated chocolate pieces
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until well incorporated. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Figs– In Islam, Quran says that fig is a fruit of paradise. Cannot find fig or hate it, try a fig bar. I love figs, they are amazing.
Milk, either in cereal, oats , with Oat biscuits, seeded biscuits or make a smoothie– (best one is 1 small banana, 2 dates, 1/4 cup iced. This is also used in eating disorder recovery to prevent heart attack—recipe by gorgeous Shaye)
Pretzel sticks in walnut butter and honey. If you’re in US of A, then go for Snyder’s whole wheat Pretzel sticks
Hunger Suppressant Dark Chocolate– Persoanlly I’m not a fan, but after choking it down, i was acting weird for several hours and yes it satisfies some weird neuro transmitter in your brain that even at dinner time your not too hungry.
Trail Mix- I make my own, customize it with your favorite dried fruits and nuts.
|Cheesy popcorn – 75 cals|
- 1 cup(s) hot air-popped popcorn
- 1/4 cup(s) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Cayenne pepper, to taste
- Toss popcorn with Parmesan and cayenne to taste.
(Recipe taken from delish)