Eating-On-The-Go SecretsEating-On-The-Go Secrets

What often happens to many of us when we become really busy is our eating habits suffer. Sometimes we forget to eat because we are so focused on meeting that deadline, and we just don't feel we have the time to take a lunch break. Other times, we grab whatever is easy and convenient because we let ourselves get way too hungry and have to eat something fast no matter what it is.

If we are on-the-road traveling, it can be even harder to stick to healthy eating patterns. I know because I worked at a corporate job for many years that required both domestic and international travel. To keep my energy levels up and to ensure I didn't get sick, I had to eventually find ways to eat well even when it was a challenge.

So let me share with you some of my eating-on-the-go secrets that will hopefully help you to eat better most of the time even if you are running around from place to place like mad.

Keep it simple: Don't feel you have to make gourmet meals if you are going to prepare food. There are many ways to eat simply but well. Two of my quick favorites: 1) Asian Salmon Salad with Red Pepper: canned salmon, sesame oil, onion, and lime over a bed of lettuce or on whole grain toast along with red pepper slices 2) A smoothie with nut butter in the morning or for a snack.

Cook once, eat twice (or more): Some people I have met tell me that they don't do leftovers. Quite frankly, if you don't do leftovers, I don't know how you are going to eat healthy and stay slim unless you are home cooking and preparing food all the time something most of us aren't interested in doing or have the time to do.

Take along a cooler!: When going on driving trips, this works out nicely. If you have a job that takes you to a job site without a refrigerator, this option is a good one for you too. You can always find a place to park and eat in your car or find a nice rest stop with a scenic view and picnic tables.

Buy a thermos: This is a great way to store hot soups to enjoy for lunch, a light dinner or even a snack! Don't have time to make your own soup? Have Walnut Acres, Westbrae, Shari's Organics soup, etc. on hand.

Keep your office fridge, freezer and desk drawer stocked with healthy food: I used to have old-fashioned rolled oats, raisins, non-dairy milk and nuts to make a quick breakfast at my office. I would also have frozen grapes to suck on like candy in the freezer, nut butter and apples for an afternoon snack, soup for a quick lunch, a little bit of dark chocolate to satisfy my sweet tooth and all kinds of herbal teas. Doing this is what kept me away from the vending machine, cookies left out from meetings, and candy bowls on people's desks.

Pack snacks in your carry on bag, pick flights so that you arrive in time for meals, choose restaurants wisely: If you travel for work, don't rely on the food at the airports. Pack your own, healthy snacks to munch on. Don't choose to take a flight that lands at a time that forces you to skip meals if you don't have to. Seek out restaurants or even healthy food stores ahead of time that will have healthier options.

No matter how busy you are, schedule time to eat: You must eat. Don't skip meals. You don't need to schedule a lot of time to eat if you are really busy. Fifteen minutes will do. People who skip meals are more likely to be heavy, low in energy and relying on unhealthy foods.
by Sandra Hoedemaker
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Sandra is the Heart-Healthy Food Coach. She received her nutrition and coaching training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. If you want sure-fire tips on how to make the necessary diet and lifestyle changes that will lower your cholesterol fast, check out free audio "Top 3 Secrets to Lower Your Cholesterol Fast without Drugs or Drastic Dieting" by visiting http://www.cutcholesterolnow.com.
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