Are you a “Grazer” or “Gorger”?

Mom – I am hungry” is my favorite childhood memory because it always followed by some home cooked or delicious healthy snack. As a child, I remember I was constantly hungry because of my growing body needs and I would only eat a little at each meal. I still eat a small meal every 2-3 hours.

I did not realize that I was a “grazer” until recently I read about it in my Health Coach course by Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.  Dr. Sears recommends this approach of eating rather than “gorging”, which is eating 3 big meals with long gaps in between.

According to Dr. Sears “Grazers” have:

  • lower blood cholesterol
  • less PPL (high blood levels of artery-clogging fats after eating)
  • less after-meal vasoconstriction (less artery narrowing)
  • more stable blood sugar and blood insulin levels
  • lower levels of stress hormones
  • leaner bodies

Now the challenge comes – with our busy schedule we don’t have time to plan 3 meals, let alone 6-7 throughout the day.  Here are some simple ideas for “grazing”:

  • Handful of nuts of your choice
  • Greek Yogurt
  • A slice of Cheese
  • Fruits like Banana, apples or bowl of blueberries
  • Boiled Egg

If you are planning to try “grazing” – keep in mind that “portion control” is the key.

Remember Dr. Sears Rule of 2s:

  • Eat twice as often.
  • Eat half as much.
  • Chew twice as long.
  • Take twice the time to dine

Have a Blessed Day!!

Here are some additional ideas for the healthy snacks to eat at work:

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  1. I fully agree with you Shobhna grazing is far far better than gorging. Thanks for mentioning the benefits of grazing. Article is too useful for me n especially the ones who believe in gorging

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