Working out daily is a great way to improve your health, but if your objective is weight loss, a sound nutritional plan is mandatory. Deb Farrell of Deb’s balanced nutrition gives us some tips on how to cope with the temptation of the drive thru and how to take control over your eating habits.
1. If possible, take a different route home to break the pattern of driving past your favorite drive thru. Out of site, out of mind!
2. Keep portable snacks like nuts or a piece of fresh fruit in the car so that your choices are not made from a place of hunger. It will tide you over until you can make it home and past that drive thru!
3. Have dinners planned out ahead of time and partially made if possible. For example, have your vegetables chopped or meats seasoned so that dinner can make it to the table before you are tempted to snack.
4. Keep a food diary of everything you eat during the day. It is very effective in revealing eating patterns that you might not be consciously aware of.
5. Always eat your food at the table. By concentrating on your meal, you won’t be tempted to mindlessly eat in front of the TV. This positive habit will keep you from eating out of take-out bags and boxes.
6. Replace “comfort foods” with a new hobby, a funny movie, or just getting outside and taking a nice walk. Recognizing “why” you eat is just as important as “what” you eat.
7. If you are not fortunate enough to have a support system, you may have to just dig deep and encourage yourself. Post positive, encouraging and inspiring quotes on your mirror or in your car to remind you that you can take control of your health. Find stories about others that will motivate you to get out and get fit.
8. Reward yourself when you reach small goals. A new fitness outfit or massage can be a nice treat for yourself.
9. If you are not feeling particularly motivated to get to the gym, start by just putting on your workout clothes. Just getting ready can often put you in the mood to get out the door.
10. Believe in yourself! You can do so much more than you think you can. Others have reached their health and fitness goals and so can you. Don’t give up!
Deb Farrell is the owner of Deb’s Balanced Nutrition, LLC based in Garden City, NY.
She meets one on one with clients and helps them make healthy life style changes. Deb also works with teenagers and preteens helping them choose well and incorporate the right portion sizes onto their plates.