Snacking gets a bad rap. And rightfully so with so much junk out there to choose from! It’s not always easy to figure out how to eat healthy between meals. Use this list to help you build a smart snacking routine!
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it is on my list.”
– Susan Sontag
Whether traveling across the globe to explore new places and spaces or a few hours away to spend time with friends and family, staying healthy can be a challenge when you’re away from home and usual routines. Fortunately, there are a few items and essentials that can make staying on track a teeny, tiny bit easier. Check out my list below for some helpful additions to your suitcase the next time you travel!
“Stressed is DESSERTS spelled backward.”
– An ironic truth that has been turned into a refrigerator magnet…
Eating and nourishing our bodies are a part of the human experience. And as a dietitian, I recognize that there are times when not every nutrition choice is driven by physical hunger. For instance, my birthday was a couple weekends ago… you think that carrot cake cupcake (that I look forward to every year) was a response to my stomach growling?? Hard no. Definitely not. That was sheer bliss and an intentional choice to indulge and celebrate. So that I did. And enjoyed every flippin’ bite. But that was definitely not driven by physical hunger.
“Counting calories is my jam. So much fun. Super easy to stick with.”
– Said No One. Ever.
Okay, before I dive in, let me start by saying…counting calories DOES work for some people! So why am I knocking it then?? Because. Rarely does someone count calories for a lifetime. Can you imagine?? How exhausting. And counting calories puts the emphasis on a tiny part of the nutrition picture – food in, energy out. It does not prioritize quality, tuning into one’s body, or enjoying the human experience of nourishing your body. All of which are necessary for long-term weight maintenance.
Americans are hopped up on too much sugar.
This likely comes as no surprise to you.
Perhaps you have even noodled with the idea of cutting back or have already made efforts to limit the sweet stuff in your nutrition plan. And kudos! Definitely not a bad idea. Sugar plays some pretty mean tricks on the body.
“Night Steve is trying to sabotage me.”
This is a quote from one of my clients in a recent coaching session. [NOTE: Name has been changed for privacy reasons. Also, I changed his name to Steve because Night Steve reminded me of this infamous Tina Fey moment.]