Trying to keep a healthy diet when you’re constantly on the go, or living a fast paced lifestyle can be difficult. If you rely on restaurants, corner stores or fast food restaurants to offer you the healthy foods your body needs to stay vitalized, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Most places don’t offer healthy options at affordable prices if at all. So, when you’re constantly on-the-go you may have to get creative when it comes to providing yourself with nutritious meals.
It all goes back to the brown paper bag. Packing a lunch for yourself for your workdays can save you many calories and dollars. By not eating out you can save yourself from possibly consuming too many calories and spending too much money. Packing a lunch for yourself is not only economically smart, but can allow you to pick out the nutritious foods your body needs for the day. Nutritious, well rounded- lunches for people who work throughout the week may consist of a salad, sandwich, nuts and/or fruit. Perhaps your lunch is soup and a half a sandwich, or a side salad, carrots and dip. Mix it up and keep it healthy. Have fun with it. Keeping nutritious snacks on hand like clementines, apples or trail mix are a good way to crush the hunger pangs until dinner.
Eating Out When Eating Clean
If you’re eating your meals out often, it can be hard to keep it nutritious. Most places load meals with hidden calories. It’s hard to keep track of caloric intake when you’re not the one making the food. Preparing your own meals keeps you in control of your caloric intake and therefor you’re in charge of what you’re consuming. When grabbing lunch with friends or co-workers look for the healthy alternative options, substitute fries for a side salad or choose fruit over a pastry. All the little decisions contribute to caloric intake. It all adds up.
According to cnn.com, on average, Americans eat out about five times a week, according to the National Restaurant Association. “Because those meals are generally higher in calories and fat than what we make at home, they can create a recipe for weight gain. Every meal away from home increases an adult’s average daily calorie count by about 135 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If we eat out five times a week, we stand to gain up to 10 pounds a year.”
Although pleasurable, eating out at restaurants too often can contribute to weight gain. You consume more calories at restaurants than you would when you eat at home. So if you’re looking to lose weight and keep it healthy you might want to familiarize yourself with the kitchen. Cooking can be fun when you enjoy the results and when trying to keep a healthy body, preparing foods at home could be the most nutritious and cost effective route. Try making a pasta salad, or a cold rice salad at the beginning of the week and packing it in your lunch with some carrots and celery stalks. Tuna salad or egg salad in lettuce wraps are a great option as well. The most important factor in making food for yourself is keeping it healthy and making sure you have the foods your body needs.