We have all been there –alarm goes off and we hurriedly jump out of bed. Plenty to do today,or running late for work. We skip breakfast without even realizing it and run right out of the door.
Whether for this reason or another, we’ve all experienced the hunger pangs. So we’re driving down the road trying to shake it off. On our way to work or that important meeting..
The pangs are seemingly getting stronger, and we’re not sure that we can make it until lunch. By this time, our only option is the convenience store caddy corner to work. We should have a few options, so.. let’s see what our options are.
Coffee While it is still argued whether it is paleo, or healthy for that matter, coffee is one of our first choices. Coffee helps to ease the hunger pangs. It gives you the energy and focus you need to power through tasks. And while not likely high grade from this specific source, it should not have anything processed either.
Nuts A favorite of many primalists, and rightfully so. Nuts are calorie and fat dense, which will keep you satiated for some time. Now, you’re going to want to shoot for raw nuts here, almonds being your most likely option. If raw nuts are out of the question, give roasted a shot. Fair warning though, most will be roasted in some unacceptable oils. Weigh your odds as needed.
Jerky Whether it’s beef jerky, or another dried meat,this could be either one of your best or one of your worst options. The good? Most convenience stores are starting to carry locally dried meat which is generally minimally processed. The bad? There are done jerky brands with more preservatives than hamburger helper. Just mind your nutrition facts.
Dried Fruit Now, I can’t promise that you will be as satiated from dried fruit as with the other options, but it could still be an option. Many dried fruits have added sugars, oils, and some of the worse brands unfortunately, high fructose corn syrup. Like always, keep a close eye on the ingredients list.
Water No, water won’t help us to reach our caloric goals for the day, but it could make your wait until lunch a bit easier. Often we mistake dehydration for hunger, and drinking water is the first step in making sure we don’t accidentally over eat.
IF While technically not a food, intermittent fasting is a powerful tool, especially once you have mastered it. It basically allows you to schedule your meals around your day instead of the other way around.
So now that there’s a list of options, next time won’t be quite so scary or regretted. So what do you think? Did I miss any? Is there something you think I shouldn’t have on my list? Let me know in the comments below.