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CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
8/14/12 9:01 A

Plan ahead
Make menus
Take snacks (there's a graphic I saw of someone who bags up everything for the day - well, zipper bags or containers), including the meal and time they are to be eaten; that way; the whole day is planned in advance.

Check out the cafeteria, if necessary, and find out what their menu is like, so you can plan around it (or plan to avoid it).

LINAMARIE64 SparkPoints: (4,612)
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8/13/12 11:23 P

all day everyday for the past four weeks....

SAMMIELEIGH4 SparkPoints: (1,690)
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8/13/12 10:51 P

My downfalls are just eating to much at a time and not knowing when to stop. But my biggest downfall is chips and other carbs.

PATRUCK42 SparkPoints: (9,582)
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8/13/12 6:09 P

I used to do Home Health Nursing, seeing up to 8 patients in one day. I started pulling into fast food restaurants, get something "quick" at the drive-thru & park, eat, & do tons of paperwork. I never remember what I even ate. I noticed I started to gain weight, my paperwork would sometimes have remnants of lunch on them, PLUS it was costing me money.
I stopped at a Truck Stop & saw a little cooler (for truckers) that plugs into the lighter spot. I don't smoke, it was never used. THEN I started packing all kinds of things in that little cooler. ONE THING though, it doesn't get too cold, so I would freeze a bottle of water to put in to start with cold in cooler. Just by knowing I had something with me to eat, I didn't seem to get too hungry. I also started finding little parks where I could be in the shade & complete paperwork. It does take planning.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 48,889
8/13/12 5:51 P

The suggestions you already have are good. Some things that travel well and that I keep in my car (don't melt, don't go rotten, don't get out of date quickly, don't need refrigeration, etc. I keep peanut butter crackers, fiber and protein bars, nuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, raisins, and some hard candies. In my desk or locker, I keep slightly different choices and daily I bring fruit and veggies but don't leave them in the car to get overheated. I also bring wraps for lunch (I find high fiber, low carb, low calorie, and low fat versions like Toufayan lavash bread and LATortilla Factory Olive Oil wraps - about 100 calories (one slice of white bread has nearly as many and 2 slices MORE) with extra lean chicken, ham, turkey, or peanut butter. You can add tomatoes, lettuce, and other veggies to the meat or leave the meat out altogether. Add a single 1/4 cup portion of nuts or seeds to your lunch and you will feel great. If you have access to a microwave, your options expand to include a lot of Healthy Choice, WW, or Lean Cuisine meals (I tend to avoid these because they are higher in sodium and are processed foods - besides I am a picky eater and like my own food better). Get a small cooler and keep water in the car also. Being prepared really helps me stay on track.

AJWALKLEY Posts: 504
8/13/12 5:08 P

Where are your downfalls? Sweets? Salty snacks? If you give me a sense of where you might fall off the wagon, so to speak, I can give you more tailored healthy food options! For instance, sweets and ice cream are my temptations and I've been replacing the higher calorie options for a nightly treat of a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich.

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
8/13/12 11:26 A

Be sure to check out the College Living Lifestyle Center for many great articles of info.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/lifestyle_cen
ter_detail.asp?id=8


Coach Tanya

SAMMIELEIGH4 SparkPoints: (1,690)
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8/13/12 10:56 A

On Monday I start driving back and forth to school, five days a week. At the end of July I actually started losing weight, I have now lost seven pounds. But I was wondering if anyone could give me any healthy food choices. I do not want to gain the "freshmen 15". I also plan to stay very active while at college by taking advantage of the gym and large campus.

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