You decided to change your eating habits for the better. Everything is planned out, written down on a paper, you overviewed the exercise schedule and this time, healthy living has to work. But in the back of your mind, you know that sooner or later, something is bound to happen: either your parents will visit, or you will visit them, and who can resist their cooking? Or your friends will invite you over for a birthday BBQ. What if you go on a holiday trip, where you can’t really control what kind of food is up for display. Luckily, we offer seven survivalist tips that will help you not fall astray when such situations arise.
Prep meals in advance
The most common problem all working women face is the lack of time spent at home to actually make food for yourself every single day. That, and coming home from work some days, the last thing you want to do is cook for the next day. One option is to prep meals in advance. There are tons of great advice on making, for example, burrito bowls for the next five days and storing them in your fridge.
Bump up your appetite
Another common problem most women usually run into, is simply not having an appetite in the morning. We substitute breakfast with a cup of coffee, but soon face the “dying whale sounds” our stomach makes well before lunchtime, but too late for breakfast. A simple solution would be to take that morning cup of coffee with some coconut milk, and then do a quick cardio workout, or any kind of faster activity. After only twenty minutes, you will be ready for a nice, hearty breakfast.
Fast tempo dictates meals
What to do when the tempo of your life is what dictates your meals? No time to cook, going to too many places during the day, and the only time you have to eat is in between chores, and most commonly, it’s junk food. To avoid having that street sub walking down the smoggy streets while dodging oncoming passers-by, stock up on snacks that are high in protein or fiber. This includes veggies, almonds or any other type of nuts, and even beef jerky. All of these are affordable and readily available in stores, if not even more than fast food.
Eating lean and indulging
One does not exclude the other, as impossible as it sounds. Yes, you decided to opt out of spicy, fatty, indulgent foods, but it’s far from forbidden to cut yourself some slack every once in awhile. The problem with changing your diet for the better is that more often than not, we are in it alone. Trying to keep on track alone is what makes us weaker. So don’t avoid any social gatherings because you’ve decided against junk food. The 20% of “bad foods” a month won’t make a difference if the other 80% is healthy, lean foods.
And while on the topic of going hungry, often enough we face that scene where a demanding physical activity or gym training is right after work, leaving us with no time to actually eat. So, without recharging our batteries, we go straight into the grind, and end up coming home starving. We run the risk of overeating, which annuls all the good things achieved in training. To avoid this from happening, have a protein shake readily available at all times. True whey protein isolate shakes prove to be a great temporary boost, and are easily prepped the day before or that same morning.
Cut out the starch
As much as you can, find alternatives. Luckily for us today, there are countless restaurants and stores that offer more than just white flour. Cut out the starch in pasta, bread and potatoes, and go for rice, non-starchy veggies like spinach, cauliflower and green beans. Digesting starch will actually take longer and deplete your energy sources, accounting for those afternoon naps. While lean, protein-rich foods will actually energize you for the oncoming challenges. And if you find yourself in a situation where starch-rich food is the only thing offered, dig in anyway, as it is still a better option than to go hungry. Just make sure to eat a smaller portion to keep you satiated until you get home.
Healthy eating is hard. It takes a lot of dedication, planning and mental strength, because sometimes even the smallest change in plans can put a monkey wrench in the whole machinery we so carefully constructed. Remaining strong in these moments is particularly difficult, as we realize that our surroundings is set up to offer us junk food and low-energy meals at every step. And to prevent yourself from slipping back into old habits, there are cunning little tips and tricks that are bound to take you back on track. Buy healthy snacks, prep meals in advance, and introduce protein shakes in your everyday routine. Your body will thank you.
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About the author:
Victoria is a journalist and a fitness enthusiast. She has a B.Sc. in nutrition and even spent a few years working as a personal trainer. She’s quite passionate about writing, and sharing her tips and tricks. When she’s not writing, she tries to squeeze in as much traveling and discovering more inspiration as she can. Connect with her on Twitter.
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