Eating Healthy at the Office and on the Go

It’s a new year, and with it comes the resolutions. Many of us start the year off looking for advice on self-improvement, and often these goals are focused on weight loss and eating healthy. One of the primary contributors to diet is lifestyle. REALTORS® spend a lot of time on the go, and sometimes it’s hard not to fall into poor eating habits. So, if you’re looking to trim your waistline a little this year, here are a few tips that could help you maintain your resolution.

1: Ditch the junk. It’s time to remove temptation, so empty the candy bowl, get rid of the chips and remove any other unhealthy food you have sitting around the office. I wouldn’t cut it out of your diet completely because, from personal experience, that just makes you crave it. But don’t keep it easily accessible -- that way, if you have a hankering for something sweet or salty, you’ll have to put forth more effort to get it. You’d be surprised how many times you’ll simply settle for what’s convenient and skip your not-so-healthy snack. If you end up at the store because you just have to have those cookies, that’s OK -- just make sure you buy a single serving and don’t stock up the pantry at home or the office snack drawer.

2: Make time for meals. One of the biggest reasons people on the go eat so poorly is we forget to set aside time to eat. But this is important -- food is the fuel that runs your body and mind. If you’re running on crud, you can expect a cruddy performance. Also, you need a break and time to relax and unwind, even if it’s for just 30 minutes.  So take the time to have a decent meal. You’re not as busy as you think, and with a little better time management, you’ll be sure to get everything done.

3: Take home leftovers. Be honest with yourself -- you’re not going to stop eating out. American culture revolves around food. It’s our No. 1 social interaction, and many business dealings happen over lunch. But a little bit of portion control can go a long way. Next time you’re out to lunch or dinner, ask the waiter to bring a to-go box with your meal. Immediately put half your meal in the box to take home. You’ll still have plenty to eat and you’ll be getting two meals out of one, which helps slim your waistline and fatten your pocket book.

4: Plan your meals. Again, we circle back to the convenience thing -- it’s so easy to just grab something on the way home when you’re hungry and impatient. But with a little planning ahead of time, you can make mealtime at home easier. Make a menu before you go to the grocery store, and shop for all of the ingredients you’ll need for the week. (Remember, don’t shop hungry, or all kinds of not-good-for-you goodies will find their way into your cart!) Also, take advantage of slow cookers -- throw something in before you leave for work in the morning and you’ll have a great meal waiting for you when you get home that night.

5: Keep snacks at your desk. I don’t know about you, but I struggle with the 3 p.m. munchies, and this is the easiest time to go hit up a vending machine. So keep something healthy at your desk like an apple, carrot sticks or a prepackaged serving of nuts.

6: Drink water. Water is one of the most important things you need. Your body is made up of about 60% water, and it is important in everything from digestion to maintaining your body temperature. Carry a water bottle with you so you’ll always have a drink available. If you don’t like drinking plain water, there are a lot of low-calorie flavor enhancers on the market these days that can make your water tastier. And, not only is drinking water a healthy choice, but substituting it for higher calorie drinks like soda will help cut calories from your diet.

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