This is definitely something I have been struggling over the past few months. My life got super hectic and I found that taking the time to eat healthy was what went out the window first. I went to Target recently and found a bunch of lunch box/container things on sale. I got some bento boxes (the ones with multiple compartments in the same container. This has really helped me get back on track because I can pack 3 or 4 days of lunches / snacks at one time. It makes it really easy to just grab and go in the morning!
I tend to carry a very large reusable water bottle with me to work and to school. I'm slowing trying to figure out what is going to work for me best. I bought some snacks that I can throw in my bag and have in the event I get hungry. I bought a few Smart Ones as well as a few cans of soup that I could throw in a bowl and eat before I leave work or heat up and eat when I get to school. My car will be a mess, but oh well. I find staying awake after a long day in class is difficult and I've fallen in love with iced coffee... I have started to make my own and throw it together in the morning to perk me up. Working on figuring out ways to make it healthier... Back to lunches/ dinners I think I need to make it a priority to plan better because if I don't I'll gain back what I've lost and I don't want to do that.
Pounds lost: 87.2
Fitness Minutes: (595) Posts: 3 9/5/12 5:12 P
It took me several months to get used to a new eating routine in grad school. My appetite decreased a lot at first. That combined with very long hours and lots to do meant sometimes I would skip meals without realizing it. Later on in my first year, I had the opposite problem. I had gotten used to a demanding schedule and often overate. Now in my second year, I am better at meal planning.
I usually plan the night before what my lunch will be for the next day, and fix it up the next morning. Usually its a sandwich (lettuce, tomato, cheese, mustard, avocado, etc) or leftovers from dinner...I go through a TON of small tupperware. I make sure to have something like veggies, chips/crackers, or other snack too. I especially like those small fruit cups like mandarin oranges (by Dole I think - no added sugar). If I am running late in the morning, I will grab an easy mac and a piece of fruit.
One thing that is super important as well is drinking LOTS of water. This helps curb my appetite and keep me energetic. Having more than one water bottle around does wonders. I also keep supplies for making hot tea in my office.
I just started grad school two weeks ago and the schedule is kinda crazy. I am making sure to keep up with my exercise plan -- since being a student can lend itself to bad eating and exercise habits. On top of that, with food I try to keep it simple. Grapes, berries, cut up veggies, and nuts are easy to eat, not messy, and portable. I also make a sandwich or a wrap and take with me -- again, portable and easier to make healthy than getting something at the fast food joints. I also pack protein bars which are filling, a bit of a treat, and healthier than a candy bar. It may not sound super-exciting, but I cringe when I see fellow students chomping on chips and fried goodies in class. I just couldn't do it to myself. Good luck!
I'm kind of new to this team, but needs some advice. I'm full time and employee and full time graduate student studying School Guidance Counselor Education. I have found it very difficult to eat well in this first week of classes when running from work to school and only having a little bit of time to eat. I've resorted to fast food, trying to make healthy choices. I need to plan out meals and pack meals that are healthy, but I'm looking for suggestions. I need something that I can throw in the refrigerator at work and grab and eat while I'm driving or as I'm waiting for class to start. Any go to meals that help you stay on track?
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