Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Health Tip Of The Week - Plan Ahead!

One of the best tips that I can give you for losing or maintaining your weight loss, is to be prepared!  Picking one day a week to put together a menu, grocery list, and grocery shopping, allows you to know what you are eating on what days.  I do a lot of crockpot meals, because they are so easy.  Plus, we always have left overs, which is perfect for packing for lunch the next day.  Take your lunch with you to work everyday.  Eating out with co-workers, snacking on what is in the break room, and the boss ordering pizza for everyone once a week, really adds up to a lot of calories that you don't need.  I  understand that there is a social aspect to eating with co-workers, but you have to ask yourself if it is worth you being unhealthy or unhappy with your weight.  There are many triggers that lead to unhealthy or binge eating.  We need to be aware of those, and plan accordingly.  If you have your lunch with you everyday, you will be less tempted to grab that pizza or fast food sandwich.

Another situation that used to get me in trouble was traveling.  It was so easy to stop at a fast food chain.  Pack your lunch for long trips, and keep healthy snacks in your glove box for those times that you didn't foresee being in the car so long.  I like to make snack bags with nuts and raisins for snacks.  Bars are good too, as long has they have a lower calorie, fat, and sugar content.  Really check the sugars, because those can get out of hand!  If you didn't come prepared and have to stop at a fast food restaurant, make the best choice possible.  Many do now offer alternatives, and there are apps you can download to your phone, that will give you all the nutritional information that you need.

To keep yourself from unhealthy eating, take the time to plan your meals, because when you fail to plan, you plan to fail!

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