Whether or not you’re on vacation, snacking is the one area that gets most of my patients into trouble. Doing it incorrectly can create dysbiosis (gut imbalances), weight gain, insulin resistance, and many other gut problems. On the other hand, mindful snacking with the right foods can keep you full, heal your gut, and help you eat less at meals.
Health professionals disagree on whether people should snack, as well as the amount and timing thereof. To add to the confusion, some studies show snacking can benefit you, while others show it can create obesity and other problems.
Rather than take a one-size-fits-all approach, I believe snacking can certainly be a part of a gut-healing meal plan (like my signature gut reboot) when you make smart choices. Food is powerful medicine that can help or hurt your gut.
With those principles in mind, these five strategies help my patients become more aware of snacking mindfully to get lean, feel better, avoid overeating, and heal their gut: