I'm rather new to all this and have been doing really well eating 3 Paleo meals a day and haven't often felt a need for between meal snacks but there is the off day where I am hungry before a meal. Is there a good reason to abstain from snacking on the rare occasion I feel like I need one?
I really want to start off on the right foot here so any help would be appreciated :)
It depends on what you mean by snack. I usually have two decent size meals per day - always dinner, and either lunch or breakfast. I don't like to fast, so I usually eat something, probably averages 250-500 calories, either in the morning or afternoon instead of a full-size meal. Call it two big meals and a snack or two big meals and one small meal.
I tend to snack on almonds and low glycemic fruit in small amounts. I do believe that there is less need or urge to snack when you are fat adapted like some say. I've had a tough time getting fat adapted thus I snack.
I agree with most. If you eat enough at your meals, snacking should be the furthest thing from your mind. I am on a 20/4 Intermittent Fast schedule, and other than a tablespoon of heavy cream in my morning coffee, don't eat until around 4 PM, then my main meal around 7 PM.
Occasionally, I'll skip the 4 PM food totally and just make it a 24 hour fast. No hunger, no cravings, no energy dips, just plain ol' goodness :)
could we set up a poll on paleohacks? women snackers versus men snackers? just curious. I used to snack as a crutch to make it through the day. not as much anymore although I love sweet potatoes by themselves, as a snack, not so much apples or bananas or other fruit. I know there are various reasons about why you should never do this, because there's no protein or fat, but it fills me up way more than a handful of nuts.
Don't forget to eat enough! I don't know what your reason of not-snacking is? Do you want to eat something? Eat it! Your body is perfectly capable of signalling what foods it need. Except for carbs! So skip the carb snacks. I have a few cooked eggs in the fridge and almost always some baked meat or some leftover vegetables to eat. But I only need those if I eat a high-carb meal at a friends place or forgot to eat enough food the previous meal. Success!