In high school, I used to carry around snack boxes of raisins and eat them throughout the day to keep my energy up. In college, I would drink 3 to 4 high-sugar coffee drinks during class to stay focused and make up for poor sleep. When I had young kids, we had snacks in the house, in the car, in the diaper bag, and in my pockets!
I used to proclaim, almost like a threat, that I needed to eat at least every two hours or my blood sugar would drop too low.
Needless to say, I was a snacker and had no idea that my need to snack was actually a warning sign that my metabolism was not working properly.
After all, we are told to enjoy "healthy snacks" throughout the day to keep our metabolisms burning and to prevent overeating at meals.
But here's the truth: there is no healthy snack.
The raisins, coffee confections, and Cheerios were not just unhealthy, they were masking a bigger metabolic health issue.