Olymic Games Could Motivate People to Snack Like an Athlete

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Chips, dip, and candy...

“Peanuts diet soda mountain dew and my favorite is ice cream.” Dothan resident Larry Springfield said.

“I love Twinkies, I love a nice croissant with butter all over it. I love anything gooey, a nice piece of pecan pie.” Dothan resident Michael Sigler said.

Maybe those goodies are your go-to snack foods while watching the Olympics.
However, "snacking" might not be your problem.

“You come out better eating small meals throughout the day verses eating one or two big heavy meals.” Synergy Health and Fitness Owner Steve Cunningham said,

You just have to make sure your eating the "right" snacks."

“I tell people to eat as if you live on a farm, what you would eat. And if you think of it that way, if I live on a farm, what I could go get on the farm verses opening the refrigerator. You want something good and clean that hasn’t been processed so much.” Cunningham said.

However it can be difficult getting out of a routine, and figuring out the right foods to eat.

“We were raised in a generation that if they said its infused with vitamin d, you would think oh its good.” Sigler said.

Cunningham says the motivation to changing an unhealthy lifestyle is to think about your future.

“The better you take care of this body, I mean you only get one, you’re not going to get another one. You only get one. You'll feel better you can do so many more things and you can enjoy life. But you can’t outwork bad nutrition.” Cunningham said.

He says skip the creamy fried snacks and grab a handful of nuts or fruits and veggies, and don't let peer pressure get you off track.

“If you are sitting on the sofa eating junk, and they sitting on the sofa eating junk, you’re just going to be two people sitting on the sofa eating junk.” Cunningham said.

He says don’t indulge in bad junk food, indulge in a healthy future.
And watching the Olympians is a great way to get motivated.

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