Saturday, May 14, 2011
I've found over the past few months ( I think I knew this already, but it has become much more obvious) that as I track my food and plan ahead I can do really well an stick to my target numbers. The biggest challenge to this is when I get over hungry.
My job keeps me out of the office much of the time without access to a refrigerator, microwave, etc. Often I don't even have a place to sit down to eat even when I bring food with me. Over the years this has lead to too many fast food stops simply because it was the only option available outside of skipping a meal (which also happens).
This leads to the next issue (and the bigger one) when I get over hungry I tend to eat whatever is available and to over eat whatever is available.
I have always been (when possible) a lunch packer. But what I've started doing (with my DW's help) is packing better things in my lunch. more vegetables with low cal dip, better choices for what goes into the sandwiches I pack. I still need to stick to things that will keep well in a small lunch box with a cold pack (nothing that requires heating or freezing).
The second large part of this is packing several "good choice" snacks to keep me from getting over hungry especially at the end of the day. Small boxes of raisins are a favorite along with dried apple chips, granola bars, etc.
A place to eat is still a big issue. I'm often at construction sites that don't allow eating on site (and you probably wouldn't want to eat there anyway or I'm in a client space where again there is no option to eat there. When I drive, I often eat in my car. But quite often I take Metro (subway) so the car option is out too. Occasionally on nice days I can find a bench somewhere, but when its raining, winter. or a hot, humid summer day that option is out too.
So that's where I've found that being aware of the "better" fast food choices is a big help. It may not be the best option, but too often it is the only option.
I'm open to any suggestions anyone has to offer. What I've been doing works, but it could always be better.
Until next time...