Cassie and I call the desire to snack ‘Snackypoos time’. It’s our secret signal to make the other aware that we are re-habituating – and perhaps should reconsider our decision. Snacking for a successful New Alkaline Diet ‘graduate’ isn’t an issue, but once we are over our food addictions we are well aware that we are and always will be a ‘recovering carbaholic’.
Before we share our snack faves with you though, I just want to say that this in’t a guilt trip article. You see, seen aright, snacking is merely one way our ego/addiction uses to get us to NOT get detoxed. The effects of carb/sugar/acid addiction is wildly fluctuating blood sugar levels, which translate into that ‘hungry ghost’ feeling that causes you to reach for a snack. It’s no more your fault than it is an addict’s fault that they need a ‘hit’. So chill out and enjoy. Salvation is at hand.
We have seen many of our friends absolutely deny that they snack, abut a quick look around their room, especially near the TV usually reveals a snack – or the remains of it. We all have this quite amazing ability to just not even see ourselves snacking.
Very like the alcoholic who swears he isn’t drunk.
So although we are ‘graduates’ we do stumble every now and then. My latest stumble was around corn chips. A few once became a few daily. Then Cassie found Rice Cake Thins. She insisted on the ‘thins’, under some idea that if a rice cake was a little bit thinner it’d be better. In a very short time we were both hitting them bigtime along with organic peanut butter slathered on top. And again, somehow the fact that the rice cakes and the peanut butter were ‘organic’ made it OK! (within 2 weeks I began to have gum problems: my personal ‘unhealth indicator’).
If you accept that you can live a better, mentally clearer life without these addictive snacks (make no mistake, we had ‘picked up’ bigtime!) then you can see that you’ve fallen into unhealthy – and stop it.
if you’re a newcomer we’re going to let you in on your biggest obstacle and make a deal with you to help you through.
The biggest tool of our addictive self is HUNGER. When you begin to drop carbs and sugars, you’ll get HUNGRY! Don’t be fooled, this is your addiction USING hunger to get you off the wagon. We are suggesting that you can ease the hunger by simple ‘SnackyPoos’ that don’t do the damage to you that your old addictive snackypoos did.
Here’s our faves – and you’ll see that they are simple. Some may judge them as boring – but you will find a direct correlation between overcoming your food addictions and a heightened enjoyment of food. I can honestly say that I LOVE my food more than I have ever experienced. It’s almost as if a channel has opened between my taste buds and my spirit. I feel JOY rather than relief, GRATITUDE rather than simple satiety.
OK. Here goes. Our ‘fave’ SnackyPoos
1. Sprouted Quinoa:
A bit of work, but it gets you involved in your transformation though diet. Sprout your Quinoa, add a little alkaline water and salt and blend it to a paste. Voila! You have a great pancake mix! We would smear it with grassfed butter. Yum.
2. Kale Chips
This can be done at home by frying kale leaves in coco oil, but it’s tricky. The oil has to be at exactly the right temperature or the end result is too greasy. Plenty of them for sale at your friendly health food store.
3. Sweet Potato Hummus
I love sweet potato, especially now I don’t have high starch potaoes. I slice them up and drop then into a tray with coco oil, and grill them. Yummy hot or cold.
Sweet Potato Hommus:
You’ll need 2 sweet potatoes
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1/4 cup tahini
2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped or minced
Sea salt & pepper to taste
1. Bake sweet potatoes with their skins on at 425 degrees F for approximately 1 hour. They are ready when you can stick a fork through their flesh without much resistance. If they’re still firm after an hour, continue to bake and check every fifteen minutes.
2. Let sweet potatoes cool, which allows their skins to easily slide off. Give the cooked sweet potato flesh a quick mash, then transfer to a food processor.
3. Add chopped or minced garlic plus the juice of one lemon or lime.
4. Add tahini.
5. Blend thoroughly, then add sea salt and pepper to taste. If you like a little heat, add a pinch or two of cayenne powder.
6. Serve with your choice of vegetables, pita bread, or crackers. Sweet potato hummus also makes for a nice salad topper or a side dish to baked tilapia.
I love ’em! Macadamia, Pecan, Pistachio.. but they ARE hard to digest for some people. Cassie advises a litle mindfulness when snacking on them.
Try filling a small ziplock bag in the morning. That’s your ration for the day!
5. Peanut Butter
Another good snack but prone to addiction. As I mentioned, Cassie and I were going through a KILO a week on our rice thins! It’s also relatively high in carbs, so go easy! Organic only; this is a big one becasue most commercial PeeBees are laoded with nasty oils.
6. Hard Boiled Egg
A great hunger killer.
7. Cold Rissoles
We have vegetable and meat rissoles about once a week. We use organic mince, greens, zucchini, chopped celery, garlic chives, spices like turmeric, and any other good alkalizers we have in the fridge, held together with egg, cooked with coco oil.
We always make more than we are ready to sit down and eat, and they are a great snack.
Celery is a fab snack and a great alkalizing vegetable. Yes, you can put peanut butter in its ‘groove’ but watch out! It gets too darn addictive.
9. Carrot Sticks
These are actually packed and sold as a kiddy snack in the US but it’s a great ‘Zen’ practice to carefully and mindfully cut perfect portions of carrot in easy to chew sizes.
10. Fats in ‘Joe’
Coffee can be supercharged with coco oil, or MCT oil. This turns a basic stimulant into a powerhouse of energy and a hunger stopper.