I've had a few conversations over the last few days with a few individuals in regards to snacking, and each conversations carried it's own mantra.
The main topic was in regards to feeling guilty about snacking on certain things, including chinese takeaway and chocolate. I think these 2 food items alone bring about a lot of guilt for a lot of people.
We all have guilty pleasures, though I can't put my finger on it for me, because there are so many different reasons why I might feel guilty, different occurrences.
I was sat outside the labour ward last night while my wife was being seen to by the midwives and there was a vending machine. I was hungry and my body was craving sugar, and I was tired, having been up since 7am and it was verging on 10.30pm.
I checked the prices and a can of pepsi was £1.00, so I had it and it tasted SOOOO good. Later that night when me and my wife got home I had a coffee and 2 krispy kreme doughnuts. All worth it.
There isn't really a defining answer to whether or not a snack is bad, you just need to work that out for yourself. The most annoying thing is that it's dependant on the day, which means that there isn't really a structure or methodology to it, you just have to play it by ear. Learn how you feel about certain foods and understand those feelings.
If we're talking healthy snacks, you have to first define healthy.
That's up to you to decide.
If you think that chocolate is unhealthy, why is that? Is it because it contains sugar? Well so does fruit, but why do you consider fruit to be healthy? Because it's fruit? That's not an answer, that's just a statement and an opinion.
Or it is because fruit contains certain vitamins and minerals that helps your body function? Ok so maybe you eat 3 oranges to get your RDA of Vitamin C, but then 10 minutes you crave a chocolate bar even though the orange contains sugar.
If you then eat the chocolate bar, are you eating 'unhealthily'? Have you suddenly increased your BMI by 10 points? No, you haven't. You could easily burn that chocolate bar off with a little walk or something, but then who really wants to go for a walk everytime they eat a chocolate bar?
Wouldn't it just be a helluva lot easier to enjoy yourself every once in a while without thinking about it.