Dieting is difficult on any given day, but it’s especially hard if you have a busier-than-normal schedule. When you add a household move to your full schedule you may think that it’s next to impossible to continue your healthy lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to be. Read on for some tricks that are perfect to help you stick to your diet while moving.
Stay hydrated. Drink water frequently—I promise it’ll help your diet stay on track. Drinking plenty of water will fill you up and help you combat hunger! Since you’re activity level will be higher than normal, you’ll also need to stay hydrated. Opt for water instead of carbonated and sugary drinks like soda. If you’re in need of some energy try drinking a low calorie energy drink like Gatorade; many are less than 100 calories and full of electrolytes, which will help sustain hydration.
Plan ahead and pack snacks. If you’re on a diet some say it’s better to eat smaller meals every couple of hours than three meals a day (think six small meals instead of three large ones). Healthy snacking throughout the day keeps you from getting too hungry and over-eating. Remember to snack while you are moving! Packing snacks in Ziploc bags is a great way to control portion sizes and easily count calories or keep track of Weight Watcher points (or whichever diet you are on). Since you’ll be running around, carry “on-the go” friendly snacks like trail mix, sunflower seeds, etc. Some other ideas for healthy portable snacks include: carrot sticks, dried fruit, nuts, low sodium crackers, and low sugar granola bars or energy bars.
Visit the grocery store. Try stopping at a local grocery store for dinner. Salad bars or prepared meals at the meat or deli counter offer better, healthier options than your local pizza place! But, if you choose to visit a salad bar (or other food “bar”) make sure you select low calorie or fat free dressing, toppings, and side dishes. Dressings especially can be very high in calories, so be aware of your choices!
Don’t go to a restaurant hungry. If a trip to a fast food restaurant is unavoidable, a great way to cut calories and carbs is to share. Share a meal with your significant other or your snack on your childrens’ leftovers, that way you won’t be tempted to eat more than you need! If no one wants to share, or you want your own meal, get something small and grilled. I find that dollar or value menu options have smaller portion sizes, so while you may be splurging it’s not nearly as bad as getting a meal combo. Stay away from soda and get water instead—and try to not order French fries! One of my favorite tricks is slightly counterintuitive— I never go to a restaurant starving! Before I leave the house I eat a granola bar or snack on some fruit, this fills me up a little bit so I don’t overeat later on.
Making smart, healthy choices is important—don’t let moving be an excuse to fall off the health bandwagon. Plan ahead and stay committed to your goals so that dieting isn’t hard, it’s simply your way of life! If you have any tips or ideas you would like to share, please let us know!
This post is provided by Transit Systems Inc, one of the nation’s top long distance moving companies.
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