Eating on the Go for Weight Loss
Weight Loss On The Go
So Operation 25.5 is going OK … I have lost about 22 lbs total, but, recently, I lost a bit of my energy again due to allergy issues. I am trying to focus on my diet, my exercise and the overall goal of loosing 25 percent of my body weight and cutting my dress size in half. I still have a long way to go, but I am getting there step-by-step.
The exercise is easy … I can schedule that in and not miss it. But the food, the food is hard — and with my on-the-go lifestyle, I have learned tons about eating when busy — what works, and what does not (the recent weeks of no scale movement are proof of my learning).
So, with some of this knowledge in mind, I wanted to share what I have learned with you.
1. Pack 3 Snacks A Day – Yes, three. One for morning (after breakfast), one for after lunch and one extra – one that will keep you from grabbing that leftover doughnut at work or eating your kid’s afternoon snack of things you most likely should not be eating. Pack them and throw them in your purse or work bag — if you need to keep them cold, grab an insulated lunch bag and keep it in the car or at your desk.
2. Watch Your Cravings and Time Them with Your Snacks – Snacks kill my diet … and I have to plan them to avoid last-minute temptations. For Example – I KNOW I will be hungry around 3/4 pm every single day, and I know I will want something sweet about an hour after dinner (if not earlier). So, I have learned to plan my snacks around those cravings. In the afternoon, it is snack of veggies with tons of fiber to fill up my stomach and hold me over until dinner. At night, I save some calories for a quick sweet snack of fruit, a low cal frozen treat, or even a few pieces of dark chocolate.
3. Learn Where You Can Eat Out – Making every single meal is not possible for me — I make at least 2 meals a day, but sometimes work runs into home, which runs into munchkin time, which runs into me-with-no-sleep-collapsing-in-bed and not having the energy or time to make lunch for the next day. So the next morning, I grab a few snacks and plan to eat lunch out at a few places I know work. For example — there is a great salad place near one of my offices (yes I go to a few different offices throughout the week) that will make a salad to order, so I can put exactly what I need on it and not include what I want to leave off. I also know that Panera and Chipotle are viable options if I order correctly – watch the calories, fats and sugars when eating out though. Look up the nutrition or ask for it. For example, I know exactly how many calories are in a Starbucks skinny vanilla latte – 130 :-).
4. Plan Your Menu – I’ve talked about this before. But, I tell ya, not planning your menus in advance (either on Sunday for the whole week, or the night before) will kill you. And, you know what? When you are tired, busy, stressed and just trying to get through the day, an emergency dinner of pizza seems, well, OK. (It’s not for many reasons, but the brain makes you think so due to lack of energy and sleep).
5. Learn Five 30-minute Recipes – Learn 5 recipes that you can whip up in just 30 minutes (the same time it takes for take out or pizza delivery) so it is easy to cook last minute meals — and make sure those ingredients are on your grocery list each and every week. For me I have a few, one favorite is here/another here, and there are some great options at Real Simple, on foodnetwork.com and here at Clean Eating. Try adding one or two new meals to your menu each week and then, after a month, you will have a new repertoire of meals to pull from.
Together, these tips should help you make eating healthy easier.
It’s hard, but I just remember, which I have to remind myself of everyday — without my health nothing else will be possible in life. Nothing.