For many people it can feel like an impossible barrier, but in this article I am sharing my top tips to help you to beat the temptations and get on top of healthy eating on the go.
- Snack attack – Always try and pack some non-perishable snacks to take with you on your travels, this keeps you in control of what you pick at in between meal times. Some people reach for the sweet snacks when they’re getting peckish, whereas others will hunt out the salty and often high fat snacks, so be mindful of what you tend to fancy and try to pack something that could counter those cravings. I like to take a mix of sweet and savoury options, here are some of my favourites:
- Sweet – Fresh fruit and a spoon of peanut butter or a handful of dried fruit and mixed nuts.Savoury – Bread sticks or crisp breads (such as ryvita) either on their own or with a houmous or beetroot dip (be sure to keep in the fridge). The small ambient packets of olives are also great when fancying something savoury.
- Stay hydrated – Many of the symptoms of hunger are the same as dehydration: feeling lethargic and difficulty concentrating, therefore ensuring that you keep hydrated can often help to keep hunger pangs at bay. It is also scientifically proven that drinking a glass of water approximately half an hour before a meal can help you to feel fuller quicker, and avoid overeating. (1)
- Be prepared – If you know you have an early start in the morning prep your breakfast the night before so you can grab and go in the morning. Some great breakfasts that can be prepped the night before include overnight oats/bircher muesli or an avocado and egg bagel. It’s also a great idea to prepare your lunches in advance too; if you know that the office you’re going to be working at has a fridge and microwave then why not cook extra for your meal the night before and take a portion of that for your lunch. No extra cooking required, just a bit of organisation in advance!
- Read the label – For readymade sandwiches and salads make sure to check the nutrition information on the front of the packet. The traffic lighting information can be a quick and useful pointer about how healthy an item is. Try to avoid any food with red labelling or too much Amber on the front.
- Sneaky Sugar – There are a lot of cereal bars and protein snacks on the market that are sold as “healthy” products, however these are often high in sugar which will only provide a temporary Where possible, try and avoid any products that have added sugar, this could be listed as any of the following: Sugar, Syrup, Corn Syrup, Molasses, Fructose, Glucose, Treacle, Honey.
- Meal Skipping – When you’re busy, stopping for lunch can often get overlooked but it’s important to make the time to eat 3 solid meals a day. This helps to maintain your energy levels throughout the day and will prevent the mid-afternoon ravenous sprint to the nearest calorific treat. It will also help to prevent you overeating in your evening meal, which is common if you haven’t taken in enough calories through the day.