My brother and his family spent the weekend with us and we ate like 13 year old boys at a birthday party. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and soda pop were the order of the day. Those alone weren’t so bad, but the cheese doodles and chips for snacking is what has me feeling sluggish this morning.
This week’s challenge is as much for me as it is for you. The challenge is to get back on track or stay on track with snacking habits. In September it’s easy to fall off the track of good health habits as school gets busy. It’s easy to stress eat a candy bar or bag of chips. Instead of grabbing that snack you’ll regret later, switch it up by grabbing an apple, an orange, or just drink a seltzer to satisfy that urge to snack.
A reminder from this Judson Brewer TED Talk helps me get a handle on my stress snacking. The reminder is to simply think about why I’m grabbing the snack and if it will actually provide a benefit that I want. On a related note, it’s helpful to think about how the food you eat affects your brain. Here’s a good TED-Ed lesson about that topic.
It’s a new month and I’ve put together a new calendar of challenges for the month. A few people emailed me with the suggestion to make the challenges a little less specific. A couple of people made the suggestion to create a group challenge. I’ve taken that input into account making the calendar for September. The third week’s challenge will have a group component, but I’m still working out the technology piece of that (mostly related to data privacy). September’s calendar of challenges is available here.