Snacking – now, that’s something we’re all fond of doing. When we wake up in the morning, we snack. Soon after we arrive to work, we snack. While riding the train home, we snack. When the clock strikes 12, we snack. Thing is, we love to eat and there really isn’t anything wrong about it.

But it would nice to know why, exactly, are we so fond of eating?

Based on my observations, people usually eat under three conditions:

1. When they’re hungry.

2. When they’re bored.

3. When they’re stressed.

For the first reason, there really isn’t much we can do. When our tummy growls, it’s probably because our body is begging us to feed it something. After all, we are housing billions of cells and all of them require nourishment. It’s only natural for us to feel hungry at certain times of the day, typically morning, noon, and night (if you don’t sleep early, then that would include midnight as well). This is because our body processes a single food cycle for more or less 4 hours. So if we eat at 7 AM in the morning, we are bound to feel hungry at around 12 NN. Four hours after that our tummies will start complaining again but since it’s just 4PM, we snack. The most ideal time for dinner is 5 PM if you want to avoid eating in-between meals. Anyway, the first reason is a given and there’s really not much you can do about it.

The second reason is a bit absurd, I know. But it’s true. I have witnessed it countless times, with myself and other people. We often eat when there’s nothing else to do. We’re like “Hey, I’m really bored so might as well find something to chew – I mean do.” We eat to past the time (read more). Even when we try to do something else like watch TV or play video games, we still end up bringing a snack or a drink. This is why so many lazy people become obese and why we should always try to keep ourselves busy. Again, please, try to refrain from eating when you’re bored. Trust me; you can’t take those potato chips back once they’re in your thighs.

Lastly, we crave food whenever we’re tired or stressed. When energy is low – from lack of sleep, for example – we try to compensate with food. You see, food is processed to glucose and glucose is processed to energy so for a certain period of time, it gives us a quick boost to keep going. However, the kind of energy food gives, sweets especially, only last for a brief period of time – and then you “crash.” This means that you’ll feel really exhausted all over again. This is really a highly inefficient strategy when it comes to energy boosting.

So let me teach you a trick – the real trick behind snacking.

You just have to know the right snacks to eat. If you don’t, here are a few “perky” suggestions:

CBD Gummies – Yep, did you know these exist? CBD Gummies are delish – and they give you quite a boost of energy too. According to offthemrkt, they have numerous benefits to offer for you mental health as they have CBD or Cannabidiol as ingredient which is one of the 113 Cannabinoids found in marijuana. Don’t worry; it’s completely legal – and healthy! If you don’t see it sold at a local supermarket, just order some online! Check out this cool list from

Coffee Candy – If we’re talking about energy boosts, caffeine has got to be on the list. Aside from your usual cup of latte, having some coffee candy to chew should keep you on your feet. It gives the right boost of energy while also being very cheap. It’s a good choice!

Honey Lemon Drops – I don’t know if you have these in your supermarket but the combination of honey and lemon is definitely a great picker-upper. The real deal is often better (sliced lemons dipped in honey) but the candied version hits the spot too. It’s very affordable so you can keep a bunch at home and in the office. It’s a good treat for a long, tiring day.

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