Wednesday, April 25, 2012
WLW - Eating Healthy on the Go
We all have days when we feel like we are moving non-stop. Tuesdays are usually like that for us. We have to get up and get Joe on the bus by 8:20am (that is early for us), then Christine has therapy at 9am and 10:45am, then Joe gets off the bus at noon and we hurry to have lunch and leave to get him to his therapy at 1pm, then home for quick naps before we have to leave for Nate's karate at 6pm, then home for bedtime!
Whew... Tuesdays wear me out! Sometimes I forget to eat altogether until halfway through the day when my body and stomach remind me. Other than the obvious stomach rumbles telling me I'm hungry, I get headaches if I don't stay hydrated.
I think one of the key things to eating healthy on the go is planning ahead. No matter what diet or eating habits you are using planning is so important.
Hungry Girl has Healthy Snacks for Traveling
Healthy Child.ORG has some great suggestions for How to Eat Healthy On the Go
Hungry Runner posted some other great tips from Hungry Girl
Pinching Pennies - Healthy Lunch Ideas
The New Healthy has some good On-the-Go tips too
Here are a few things that I often do to help the kids and I to keep up our healthy eating when we're on the go:
- bring supplemental food with you - sometimes I don't have time or ingredients to pack a whole lunch but I'll bring some fruit, cheese sticks or 100% juice boxes with us so I can order less fast food while we are out
- take water with you, or order ice water instead of soda - sodas are filled with empty calories and tons of sugar
- keep healthy snacks in the car on a regular basis - I still have kids in diapers so I've always got granola bars or baggies of cheerios in my diaper bag when we're out and about
- when getting fast food I opt for grilled options instead of fried (most of the time) and look for alternatives for french fries... or if I can't bring myself to do without the fries, we'll get one big one for the whole family to share so we just a few fries each instead of getting a whole order each
We had a super busy weekend, with a few meals that I honestly felt "full". Not the healthy satisfied full, but the "I over-ate" full... by the end of the weekend I had realized what I was doing and took measures to avoid it (boxing up half my meal at The Cheesecake Factory - that is a big deal people! ;-). Then I was sick Monday and Tuesday and am still recovering from that now. I have been drinking water life crazy trying to fight off this illness. I weighed in at the same weight as last week.