In today’s world we are always on the go and one of the most frustrating decisions we face is what to eat while we are out and about. There are so many choices out there, that are fast convenient and yea I’ll say it “taste so good”. The only thing is 99% of these endless food options are “so bad for you”. So this is the problem that we face every day and sometimes we are left with the feeling there is no good choice or is there?
So its lunch time you have an hour break and you are absolutely starved and can’t wait to eat. What will it be Pizza, Burgers, Tacos, Subs, etc…? All sound great but what if the next time you are faced with this decision think about all the time and sweat you have put in at the gym. Think about the next BBQ/Pool gathering and that bathing suit or outfit you wanted wear this year. Think about how you will feel after that meal, when it just sits in your stomach and you feel tired, sluggish, and sick. Is it really worth it? Always remember it is easy to put on weight but as we get older it is difficult to lose it.
When faced with this choice every day, making the wrong decisions will compound the health effects on your body and can potentially reach a point where you think there is no hope. You may feel like you reached a point of no return, but that is not the case and now you have a new decision to make. This decision is an easy one, yes I said it “easy one”. You may be thinking it really isn’t but stop and think every year what do most people make as their New Year’s resolution? Dieting and a change in eating habits is statistically the number one resolution. This is why gyms are packed with people from January-February. After February almost 85% of the new faces at the gym are gone. The reason for this is that it is imbedded in us that if want to lose weight we go to or join a gym. After a couple of weeks of working out and not eating the right foods, we typically get discouraged due to not seeing a difference and quit. Yes, working out will get you stronger and increase your metabolism but you will not lose weight and see results until you start making the right decisions when it comes to food.
There are two ways to eat good on the go. One is to pack and prepare your food. This option involves meal preparation, time, and only works if you have proper storage facilities for your food. This is the best option because you know how it’s prepared and you have total control over the portions. The second is eating out, but eating the right foods or what I like to call it choosing the “best option”. You’re probably thinking I can’t go wrong with the staple grilled chicken salad from the drive-thru, think again! A majority of these salads are packed with high fat and sugar dressings. The premade chicken has more likely been sitting in a sodium packed marinade that is just heated up and served to you. The best option is to get out of the car and go somewhere where you can order a fresh salad with grilled chicken to order that is made fresh on the spot. Yes, it will take a little bit longer but isn’t your body and health worth it? Whatever you decide to eat just remember to take the time to think how is the food prepared, just because it may seem like it is a healthy option it may not be.
Choosing the right drink to accompany a meal is also a great way to make the best decision possible when you are on the go. I know you probably heard this a million times, but think about it, maybe you have because it is the truth! Water is hands down the number one option when it comes to a drink with your meal. The average person does not drink enough water throughout the day. Water is so essential to the body’s daily functions, health and helps you to lose weight, and lower cholesterol are just a fraction of its benefits. So next time you are out take a little time to make the best decision, because it will take way longer to try to fix the outcome of wrong decisions while on the go.
I almost forgot there is a third option that is available and that is having access to your own personal diet coach that does the foot work for you and seeks out the healthiest option for you whenever you are on the go!
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