Extra snacks handy? Yes.
There are two other approaches I've taken to avoid the drive through trap.
First, I have looked into and identified foods I can grab from drive throughs that won't completely derail me. One thing I like is McDonald's grilled chicken snack wrap, chipotle BBQ, no cheese and a diet coke. The wrap is 210 pretty balanced calories: fat, protein, carbs. Another choice is Taco Bell's fresco soft tacos...less than 200 calories each! Granted this may be out of your routine for eating, but it's a better choice and good to keep in your mind for situations where you feel desperate. So often we get that all or nothing feeling...the one that says "I'm starving and I have no food...guess I need to get an extra value meal" as opposed to "Dang...I'm pretty hungry. If I have one of these soft tacos, that will tide me over till I can get some real food."
The other key for me is in that phrase: "real food." Stop considering drive through windows real food sources! I have a bunch of hippy dippy friends (whom I love dearly) that will not even TRY McDonald's coffee, no matter how much I rave about it or how cheap it gets. They just refuse to consider anything from that restaurant as food. Now, there was a time that I found that totally obnoxious. But now I think it's wise and I strive to emulate them.
When I'm tempted, I read the bag and when I see how many non-natural ingredients junky foods have in them, I say "OH NO! I can't put THAT in my body"...get real snobby about it and go find something better.
I'm also helped in stores by not shopping without a list. See, I have shopping issues too. If I shop without a list, I buy things I don't need. So, I plan my meals and just buy what is on my list.
If I am having to shop without a list, I stay on the outer edge of the store...where the fresh foods are. Most of what is in the middle I refer to as "food like substances" and try to stay away from it.
Obviously, I have not mastered this. But these are the mindsets I try to cultivate because I think they will help me get healthy.
"Faith is choosing to be fulfilled before you see the miracle."
| current weight: 214.0