Living a healthy lifestyle is not an accident. There are strategies, alternatives and options that can help you to regain control of your life. The simple, concise and compelling reality is that you are what you eat and that losing weight only happens when you burn more calories than you consume.
So, if it is all that simple, why are so many of us struggling with maintaining a healthy weight? A combination of factors, not the least of which is what we choose to eat, will often make it more difficult to achieve results. And when we don’t see the desired result soon enough, we tend to lose interest and often give up.
When a “snack attack” strikes, we are likely to reach for whatever is close at hand, so it is a good idea to stock up on convenient items that are satisfying without lots of calories and fat.
Easy Energy snacks at home or on the go:
- Develop a Take Control Attitude. If you are on a “diet,” in effect a short term “health kick,” you are more likely to undo any advantages that you may have achieved. Make conscious choices. Choose plant-based foods over high fat animal products.
- Don’t skip breakfast; it is the most important meal of the day. Food is fuel and you are likely to become tired when your brain and body run low on fuel. By mid-morning, you might be inclined to grab a cup of coffee and wolf down a sugary donut or candy bar to wake up again. It can be tough to pass up on unhealthy temptations if you’re starving. Eating breakfast increases the metabolic rate and will keep you energized throughout the day.
- Keep a fruit bowl on the kitchen counter filled with a variety of fresh fruit. Apples, oranges, pears and bananas are hardy and can sit on the counter all day, just waiting for you to come by. Fruit is natures ‘fast food’ and having a constant supply of colorful fruit in full view encourages low-calorie, fiber-rich snacking.
- A little advance planning goes a long way and will keep you from resorting to a trip to the vending machine at the office. Popcorn is a great high-fiber snack. Pack leftovers in small containers and take them along to work with you. A little salad, some leftover rice and beans, hummus and raw veggies such as broccoli and baby carrots are all good choices for those between meal munchies.
- At the office, stock your desk drawer with bags of dried fruit, small boxes of raisins, pretzels, granola bars, nuts and single serve canned fruit. Soup and cereal cups keep well in a drawer and you can even get couscous or bean chili, sort of mini-meals that are great for staving off hunger at midday.
When choosing snack foods, think fiber-rich, low fat and plant based for a satisfying and low calorie pick-me-up that will give you the energy you need without packing on the pounds.
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