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Got the Munchies? Do It Right

by jenny sansouci on April 20, 2011

Since today is 4/20, I thought it would be a good time to answer a question a friend asked me a few months ago. We started talking about how I went to nutrition school and I told him I was coaching people to make healthier choices. He said, “I know this is probably a stupid question, but….I smoke a lot of weed and I always get the munchies and eat the worst food. Any suggestions?”

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Well, first of all, it’s not a stupid question. It happens to a lot of people. And for the sake of this article, let’s just assume “smoke less weed” is not an option for this person (hey, I’m not a drug counselor). So, if you’re going to smoke weed no matter what, and you always get the munchies and eat crap, what can you do?!

Here are a few things that might help you do the least amount of damage to your body when you get the munchies:

  1. Prepare food ahead of time. Make some of your favorite healthy (but also flavorful, of course) foods – ones that you know you’ll be excited to eat, set them up and have them ready to go.
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  3. Stay away from processed artificial junk. If you know you’re going to be consuming an excess amount of calories in one sitting, at least try to choose whole foods — meaning foods that you can picture in nature (no, Oreos don’t grow on trees).
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  5. Learn to make healthier versions of your favorite foods, or find a restaurant that will deliver them. There are places that make things like vegan, gluten-free or whole wheat pizza, Chinese and Thai restaurants that have fresh vegetable dishes with brown rice, and there are plenty of healthier sweets out there.
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  7. Stay away from convenience stores & gas stations. These are the worst places to pick up food especially when your judgment is impaired. Do your food shopping at a healthy store beforehand.
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  9. Make sure your kitchen is stocked with healthy, wholesome snack options, and that you don’t even have the option of opening a bag of Doritos because it’s not there. Here’s a list of some healthy snack ideas — and it’s important to have some salty and some sweet options, because, hey – you never know what kind of craving will strike.

Snack ideas:

  • Hummus with whole wheat/sprouted grain pita or baby carrots
  • Guacamole with organic, whole grain tortilla chips
  • Fruit (grapes, berries, & watermelon are great options, or a big bowl of all different kinds of fruit)
  • Nuts or seeds of any kind – almonds, pistachios, sunflower seeds
  • Dates (amazing topped with almond butter!)
  • Smoothies with fruit & almond milk (try it with mango & blueberry)
  • Olives or pickles
  • Salted edamame

Hope this helps! And for the record, no, I am not promoting drug use, but the reality is that people are out there getting the munchies as we speak, and they might be looking for nutritional suggestions too. :)

What are some healthy snack foods that you love?

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Lola Glass March 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm

This article is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!

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