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NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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7/3/13 2:21 P

It depends on how hungry I am and how long it will likely be until I get home. If I'm really hungry and know I won't be home for a while, I'll either get fast food somewhere I know I can find a reasonable choice (Chipotle bowls are often my selection) or I'll stop into a drugstore or supermarket and find a decent-ish, healthy-ish snack.

I never have snacks with me, because I don't carry a purse and I don't like to leave things like that in my car, especially in the summer, because they can get not-so-great pretty fast.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (197,069)
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7/3/13 10:00 A

There are good choices to be found at many fast food places..even some gas stations have decent food. A chain of drugstores where I live has snack packs of veggies, single pieces of fruit. Grocery stores abound.

KARA623 Posts: 727
7/3/13 9:57 A

You can learn from this. I'm a planner and always know going into any day what and when I'll eat, but then there are those times when you unexpectedly have to fly by the seat of your pants. It would be a good idea to figure out now what some healthier options are for those times. Most fast food restaurants have options that aren't high fat and high calorie, but it's hard to want to get those when something good and fattening is staring you in your hungry face.

I'm a big proponent of only eating what you actually like, so find the nutrition value of some things in advance. Even Taco Bell is not that bad if you choose soft tacos al fresco and then add a little sour cream. Once you know the NI of some of the stuff, if you're like me, it will be difficult to order it. But Chick Fil A and Arby's have sandwiches that aren't that high in calories compartively speaking. You can add fruit or soup if you don't have room for fries. Just do your research. Having snacks on hand is a good idea, too, but I rarely do. If I just need a small something, you can find a Clif Bar or something at any grocery store and most convenience stores. That will hold you till you get home.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (81,670)
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7/3/13 9:55 A

I head straight for the grocery store - if I can't be home for a regular meal, I'll go buy bananas, a greek yogurt, sometimes a Kind bar or Clif bar or some almonds. I do the same thing if I don't have time to pack my lunch for work.

Some grocery stores have salad bars or ready-to-eat meals that you can purchase

Edited by: KRISTEN_SAYS at: 7/3/2013 (09:56)
WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/3/13 9:44 A

I'd opt for a healthier fast food - wendy's has some decent salad options if you leave the salad dressing off or only use a little bit.

I'd also try to decide to eat before I got to the shaky stage emoticon I find if I'm only a little hungry, I'm more likely to make healthy choices. But if I go in starving it's the quarter pounder and large fries, please.

7/3/13 8:34 A

I don't eat until I get home. Like you, I would just get sent downward and continue to eat lots of bad food. So I just wait. I drink lots of water or iced tea. I tell myself, "It's okay to be hungry. I am not starving. I can function without eating. The need to eat does not dictate my life. I will be able to eat in two hours. I will survive." Even if I get tired or shaky, it is usually not bad enough to effect my life. If I REALLY feel bad, I stop by the store and buy something boring. Places like 7-11 will have apples and bananas, and those are usually my go-to options.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,275
7/3/13 7:23 A

i always have some sort of snacks in my bag. granola bars, nuts, applesauce, raisins, peanut butter or cheese crackers, fruit cups, tuna salad cracker kits, or anything shelf stable and portable that i can toss in there til i find myself off schedule. i try to keep at least three different kinds of things in there, and i make sure to replenish when i dip in.
i also have a list of some of my favorites at the local grocery store: fresh sushi, premade salad or fruit, yogurt, hardboiled eggs, sometimes soups, and anything that would make my nonperishable bag snack list.
then i have a third tier list of fast food places i would stop, and the decent options i prefer there.

i think that one of the most important things to plan is what you do in the off situations. it's great if you can set down a meal plan a week out in advance and stick to it [i've never been able to, but it seems to work for so many people], but most people find themselves in a press of time or otherwise off of where they thought they would be, so having a plan in place for that [particularly if you have blood sugar issues] is going to be a key point. and if you find that something like taco bell doesn't work in there, you evaluate. was there something else that you could have gotten at taco bell they wouldn't have sent you spiraling? what's near taco bell? the closest one to me has a mcdonald's, a popeye's, a burrito place, and a publix within rock throwing distance and a cuban deli, a bagel place, a deli and one or two more that i am forgetting within about a block or two of it. what other places are close by and have better options if you need to divert?

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
7/3/13 6:02 A

I would usually try and visit the nearest grocery store for something.
Failing that, I'd head for the healthiest options I could find, wherever I happened to be.

For future, the other suggestions of having things with you continually are valid, and good planning. Of course, these items have to be non-perishable (nuts, for instance at least last a while before becoming stale)

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
7/3/13 3:08 A

I would eat something and make the best choice I could wherever I was at even if it is a fast food restaurant. I would not feel bad and would just refocus on healthy eating the next day.

Buying something small from a grocery store or gas station like fruit, crackers, nuts or a granola bar to keep me going might be a better choice for me than a full fast food meal if I was pretty sure I was going to be able to get something else later.

MISSY_MAGOO Posts: 1,517
7/3/13 2:04 A

I keep granola bars, clif bars, or dried fruit in the car and in my purse because it seems I'm always out running errands when a meal time hits. If for some reason I don't have those I'll go through fast food but try to order as healthy as possible. When I first started Spark I got on all the fast food web sites and made a little list of the better choices to keep in my purse so that when I do find myself there I have my little cheat sheet. You'd be surprised how many places have decent stuff. At McDonald's the new wraps are like 350 calories, Wendy's and Jack in the Box's salads are good, Panda Express has steamed veggies instead of noodles or rice. I also do this when we go out to eat if it's somewhere with online nutritional info. Before we een go I go online and pick what I'll order so I don't even have to look at the menu and see the photos of all the high calorie stuff that looks so good in the pictures.

SATTVA Posts: 874
7/3/13 1:50 A

I stop off at the nearest supermarket and get a couple of 1-oz low-fat string cheeses for about 75 cents each, plus a couple of pieces of fruit. There are also premade sushi rolls in the deli section that are good -- just rice and vegetables. Sometimes I add a protein shake or V-8 juice from the cold drink aisle. And sometimes I get one of the tiny pieces of dark chocolate available at the checkout counter.

Hope you like this idea. It has saved me many times. The combination of protein from the cheese or protein drink, plus the fiber from the fruit, is very satisfying. And the deli options cost so much less than the premade meals, that I can get fresh berries or other fruit that feels like a treat.


CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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7/2/13 11:41 P

If I have to eat out, I try to pick a place that has something that works for me.

Wendy's Chili

I have "approved" choices at each of those places.

If none of those are around, I will stop at a grocery store and grab something

NALIOTTI SparkPoints: (1,102)
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7/2/13 11:35 P

Something unexpected comes up and you are not home when its meal time? Do you get fast food? Do you wait until you get home?

I had an emergency today where I could not be home at mealtime and had nothing to eat with me. I get low blood sugar, so I started to feel shaky and had to eat. I ended up going to Taco Bell for dinner and that just sent me on a downward spiral from there.

I tend to eat more junk food after Ive had some.

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