There are two distinct camps when it comes to the way people eat. Do you graze (like a cow!) and snack all day or are you a “three squares” kind of person? This debate can be likened to the divide over running with or without headphones or whether you’re on Team Edward or Team Jacob…remember that? I’m trying to forget it too. Anyway, back to eating, one of my single most favorite things to do!
Snacking

Since I have declared 2015 the year of the marathon, I’ve started to become hyper focused on my nutrient intake. I have an obsessive personality so really the only way I can be is “hyper focused.” This means that I’ve become serious about my snacking, have ordered from a personal chef service (I’m so fancy) and even opened a MyFitnessPal account just to see…

Most of the time I think about nutrition the way fat people think about exercise. You know how there’s always that moment when the fat person sees the full body picture of themselves from their cousin’s wedding and they can’t believe that’s what they really look like? That’s kind of what happened when I started logging my food intake into MyFitnessPal. I thought I was an excellent eater and that people worrying about cutting out sugar were just a tad bit cray cray, until I saw this:

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Gee, is someone heavy in the carb and sugar area? I know, as a runner, it’s important for me to eat a lot of carbs and yes most all of my sugar intake is from fruit, but I just never thought I was this unbalanced when it came to carbs, fats and proteins. #eyeopening

I want to be clear that I’m NOT using this to lose weight (and MyFitnessPal isn’t endorsing or otherwise paying me to, although they should) but just to actually see in real numbers and graphs what my diet looks like. And, it could use some work.

I started to think that perhaps because I’m firmly planted in the “snack-all-day” camp that maybe eating three meals a day with a few snacks sprinkled in would be a better way to go.

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Luckily for me, I used to train one of the best personal chefs in the area, so I called upon her to hook me up with some meals. If you live near Enfield, CT don’t hesitate to hire two of my favorite women at Heavenly Edibles.  The prices are extremely reasonable, the chefs are wonderful people and the food is absolutely fantastic.

They don’t cater to athletes or fitness types, in fact I think the owners would laugh at this, but just to people who love good food. I ordered up a bunch and it was delivered in these perfect bento boxes and ready to eat. Everything is labeled and all that is missing is the calorie count. Probably on purpose.

Stack 'em high!

Stack ’em high!

 

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Turns out that I’m still mostly an all day grazer but then I eat a healthy, satiating meal (that even the kids will eat!) at the end of the day. For whatever reason, I just don’t like to have a big meal at lunch. Instead, I eat a big breakfast, start snacking after my morning workout, and pretty much stay that course until dinner.

Unfortunately, this is what I need to do to prepare for all the snacking:

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Between feeding myself and my kids on the go, I’ve invested in a new tote (thanks Tory Burch), a million tiny little ziploc bags, seperate bags to put inside my tote bag and then all the snacks, mostly via NatureBox. It’s exhausting. #firstworldproblems

 

So tell me, which food camp are you in?

What’s your favorite on-the-go snack?

Do you use a food tracker? If so, which one?