Another suggestion for a fast and easy snack is coconut butter. I make my own by putting 2-4 cups of dried, unsweeted coconut in the blender and blending for 4 minutes on high. Sometimes I add a spoon or two of coconut oil. It is satiating and very good for you.
The price thing IS true, though anything with carbs/starches is high in sugars, including white potatoes. I tend to steer away from white taters because here the non-organic have pesticides and the organic have copper and the cheapest have almost no other nutrients.
Originally Posted by Leida
So, in the interest of fairness, depending on your area, a few of these will probably suit you:
All starchy, slow-release and at least ONE will be available cheap and healthy in your area. You'll have to do a bit of reading-up and taste-testing to find "your" one, but it'll be worth it.
It sounds to me that there are a number of issues in play. I often have had the same issues and found that I just wasn't eating enough during the day so by the time I got home I was ravenous. You may want to try eating a bit more throughout the day to keep you satiated.
The underlying issue that I am hearing though is something that I am all to familiar with. It sounds as though you are doing some emotional eating and may be suffering from some depression. Your comments about no longer having an interest in the things you love as well as scavenging when coming home to an empty house may be some indicators. It is tough being a teen and many teens have feelings of inadequacy. Perhaps you could find a trusted adult with whom you could discuss your feelings. Maybe a school counselor or clergy person could help if you don't feel as though you can talk to your parents. Remember that diet is just one piece of the picture. We need balance in our lives and our emotional health is paramount to a healthy lifestyle. Best of luck.
I concur, you may not be eating enough during the day. You also may be too low on fat, how about having some heavy cream on hand to sip in the evenings or perhaps mix a little honey (raw if you can get it) with unsalted butter and snack on that. I've found that having enough fat in my diet takes away the desire to snack.
Get some starchy carbs in your last meal before bedtime and stay away from them in the morning and in the daytime. Very important to refill glycogen after exercises...
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