On this week’s “Diet Show” we shared some great tips and articles to help you find the diet that works with your personality and lifestyle and stick to it while you are on the go! Maybe you’re having a hard time knowing which kind of diet plan is for you. This article is a great resource which categorizes diet plans based on the kind of person you might be! For Savvy Weight Loss: Know Thyself whether you’re a support seeker, serial snacker, free spirit, have a sweet tooth or are a distracted dieter, there’s a diet out there to match your personality!
This livestrong.com post creates a good outline for Easy Diet Plans for People on the Go giving diet basics and ideas for ways to make your diet plan easier!
U.S. News rates the Easiest Diets to Follow starting with Weight Watchers at No. 1 ! Is your diet on here? Check out the list!
With our fast paced lives and busy schedules we understand that breakfast is one of the hardest meals of the day to fit in – yet it is THE most important meal of the day! Below is a list of 12 Smart Ideas for Breakfast On the Go from Cooking Light!
1. Single-serving bowls of whole-grain cereal are packed with vitamins and minerals.
2. Pair string cheese with whole wheat crackers.
3. Hard-boil several eggs to have on hand for busy mornings.
4. Small cartons of low-fat yogurt are a good combination of carbohydrates and protein.
5. Whole-grain English muffins can serve as a base for a breakfast sandwich. Spread on peanut butter, a source of satisfying protein and heart-healthy fats.
6. Make breakfast wraps with whole wheat tortillas; roll in lean protein, such as turkey and low-fat cheese, scrambled eggs with diced peppers and onions, or peanut butter and bananas.
7. Keep low-fat cheese slices on hand for breakfast sandwiches.
8. Single-serving cartons of low-fat, low-sodium cottage cheese are a good source of protein; stir in berries or fruit for fiber.
9. Top whole wheat toaster waffles with a tablespoon of peanut butter and/or fruit preserves.
10. Try soy or lean turkey sausage patties (you can eat them alone or put them in a breakfast wrap or sandwich).
11. Stir a tablespoon or two of fruit preserves or chopped dried fruit into plain instant oatmeal to add a touch of sweetness.
12. For protein, add a tablespoon or two of nuts to your yogurt or oatmeal. Stir frozen berries into oatmeal or yogurt to boost the vitamin content.
And finally, some of our own ideas from our daily life on the go, inspired by a conversation by one of our viewers who asked us how she can grab healthy options while she is out and about!
Tips from FourC
In general, think ahead – think about your day or week. If you can prepare meals ahead of time you’re better off. If that isn’t possible, know what is around you to eat.
Our viewer specifically asked us about smart choices at places like Starbucks, 7-Eleven, CVS. Depending on your dietary restrictions, you can usually find something to grab at any of these places. For example, if we are in a bind and hungry at Starbucks, we will grab nuts and a banana to go with our coffee or tea.
At 7-Eleven they have salads, fruit, nuts, protein bars, unsweetened teas, even cold cuts and cheese if you eat an Atkins type diet.
At CVS we would also suggest nuts, a protein bar, or a low calorie snack like a rice cake or pop-corner. At our CVS they have a refrigerated section with salads, yogurts and other prepackaged foods.
Though we don’t advocate for making this a habit, there are definitely options if you are in a bind. We always opt for the cleanest option and make sure that it is balanced. Pair carbohydrates (this includes fruits and veggies) with protein and fat so that you don’t find yourself hungry again quickly. We also make sure to read the label on EVERYTHING we eat to be sure there are no added sugars, soy, etc (if possible). If we MUST have sugar, we prefer honey or natural fruit/fruit juices as a sweetener.
We try our best to eat fairly naturally and preservative free, maybe there is even a local health food store that makes smoothies or juices, always go for something balanced with some protein and fat as well. For example, add a nut butter so that you do not load up on too much sugar/carbohydrate and remember that smoothie and juice calories can add up, so this may be a meal replacement option, rather than a snack.
We hope this helps a little to guide you when you are on the go, luckily there are so many health conscious people in the world today that places have began to offer more healthy options. Beware of fast food “healthy” options, as they often times will contain a lot of sugar. But if it’s your only choice, try to keep the rest of your meals smart for the rest of the day and add some extra protein to balance out the sugar.
Speaking of sugar! You may think what you’re eating is healthy, but this list of 16 Supposedly Healthy Foods With More Sugar Than A Snickers Bar will shock you! Some of our favorite items on this list are:
1. Chili’s Caribbean Chicken Salad with Grilled Chicken: 67 grams sugar
2. Jamba Juice Banana Berry Smoothie (small): 60 grams sugar
3. Juice Generation Amazing Green Açai Bowl: 41 grams sugar
4. Dunkin’ Donuts Reduced-Fat Blueberry Muffin: 40 grams sugar
5. Pom Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice (8-ounce bottle): 31 grams sugar
6. VitaCoco Coconut water with pineapple (per 16-ounce container): 30 grams sugar
Check out the link above to see the others which will shock you! We hope these tips shed some light on some of your dieting challenges and as always be sure to contact us if you have any additional questions! Good luck everyone!