So, with today being Day 1 in our Christmas Countdown, I wanted to pass along a very important tip to you all. It is:
ALWAYS PACK A SNACK!!!
or even your lunch...but never leave home empty-handed.
I try to keep a baggie of almonds or a trail mix/protein bar in my purse or car at ALL times. I also make a point to bring a bottle of water (reusable of course) with me everytime I leave.
I can't tell you how many times I've ended up being out and about longer than I had expected and having this snack/water has saved me from the dreadful drive-thru! Not only that, it keeps your money in your pocket rather than wasting it on some nasty, greasy, not-gonna-benefit-you-in-any-way stuff from a fast-food restaurant.
I would confidently say that this is a MAJOR KEY to improving your eating habits, especially if you do a lot of running. Not running like marathons...running like library, school, church, shopping, etc. :o)
Sometimes I even pack my whole lunch. On days that I go to the gym and I know it's gonna be 11 a.m. before I get home, I bring along a PB&J and apple. Sure, I could wait until I got home to eat....BUT....by that time I'm in "starvation mode" and I won't think rationally. I might end up eating something because of impulse instead of intentionally.
EAT INTENTIONALLY--NOT IMPULSIVELY!
Specifically choose the foods you are going to put into your body to fuel it with. Ask yourself, how is this food going to nourish my body? Is it going to provide me with important nutrients and give me energy? Is it going to repair and rebuild my muscles?
You can eat a 100 calorie pack of Doritos or a small baggie of Almonds with 100 calories. Either way---you consume 100 calories. But the Doritos are not going to do a THING for you nutritionally. They are going to sit in your body and turn to sugar=fat. On the other hand, the almonds offer the same crunch and are PACKED with things your body needs.
Make the smart choice. Please, people, PLEASE....America needs to make these changes desperately! It starts with you and me!