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The key to success for me so far has been to pack a balanced lunch each day for work. It may take a few minutes in the morning but after a week or so it blends right into your morning routine. Not going to the café at work and having to see all those foods I shouldn’t eat is a huge help. I also keep plenty of healthy snacks right at my desk that I can reach for when I do get hungry without running to a snack machine which rarely has any healthy options available.194
Don't forget to have water at your side at all times too!
Providing myself with the right support is what really keeps me committed to a healthy lifestyle. What I find incredibly helpful is to make sure that I have plenty of snacks at home. when I am feeling the urge of desperate hunger or I am feeling emotional and go to food, if I dont have healthy items available quickly then I turn to junk.
I make a point of having prepared snacks (pre-cut veggies, pita and hummus, fresh fruit) and also prepackaged snack size food available in a moment's notice.
Some of my favorites: trader joe's semi-sweet mini chocolate bars, 100 calorie snack packs, a handful of almonds, the cutest little ice cream dish that forces me to serve myself a small but satisfying portion, and fresh red peppers sliced the day I bring them home!
This is not a "diet". Having an off snack, meal, day? Having a few days when you don't work out? That is life. Stuff happens, life happens. The trick is get back to your healthy living ASAP! Try to make the very next choice a healthy one. It is the overall pattern that makes a healthy lifestyle!
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