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.