Is snacking the healthiest nutrition for your feet? Let’s take a look at the negatives and positives.
First, we don’t always make good snacking choices; we grab what’s handy – cookies, candy, chips, or other processed foods. Also, we may snack too much, which adds extra calories to your diet that can easily lead to an unhealthy weight gain. That’s bad news for your feet. They aren’t fond of bearing extra pounds and may protest in the form of plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, flatfoot, and more. Finally, we sometimes snack at inappropriate times. For example, social situations often involve food that we snack on even if we’re not hungry. And sometimes we have a snack because we’re unfocused, tired, or bored.
A healthy snack can give you a much-needed boost of energy. Furthermore, for someone with diabetes, snacking plays a vital role in leveling blood sugar. Finally, snacking is a great way to prevent feeling ravenous at your next meal. When you let yourself get super hungry, you’re more likely to overeat.
In honor of National Snack Day, which comes around every March 4, here’s how to snack positively:
- Don’t skip meals, which will help you to avoid the “hungry” feeling that leads to unhealthy snacking and overeating.
- Say “no” to sugar as often as possible. An occasional treat is ok, but make it your habit of avoiding snacking on sugary foods every day.
- Plan ahead. Pack your healthy snacks and take them with you. Think easily-portable foods like fresh fruit, high-protein Greek yogurt, a handful of nuts, and snack-sized portions of popcorn or pretzels.
- Stop and think: are you really hungry? Before you open the pantry or refrigerator door, ask yourself if you’re eating to avoid another activity or just to fill the time. If you’re truly hungry, great. If not, substitute eating with another behavior such as talking to a friend or going for a brisk walk.
Snack healthy, be healthy and know that Clifton Foot & Ankle Center is here to help you whenever you have foot or ankle pain. If you live in Fairfax County, Virginia, contact board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm for excellence in foot and ankle care. Call our Centreville office at (703) 996-3000 or make an appointment online.