I'm always striving to be a healthier person. I'm constantly reading material over health and fitness. I realize this surprises no one.
Today, I read an interesting article on Runner's World.com and wanted to share some of the highlights. I can testify that the below tips do work. I practice some almost everyday, and the other tips are ones I know I need to be practicing. The battle of food and weight is a major one in my life, and I know I'm not alone.
50 ways to lose weight, get in shape, and run faster...
(don't worry I won't list all 50)
1. Plan Ahead
The article suggest..knowing when you're eating and what you're eating.
When Sister #1 and I lived together she would tease me over the amount of food I carry to work each day. You see, one of my nightly rituals is to pack breakfast, lunch, and 2 snacks for work. Sure, it's a lot of food, but I don't care. This saves me from running to the vending machine for Pop-Tarts or Peanut M&Ms.
Sidenote: Sister #1 has become extremely healthy, and guess who now takes breakfast, lunch, and 2 snacks to work everyday??? She isn't laughing at me anymore!!!
2. Eat Often
I'm a big fan of this rule. It is suggested you eat 3 meals and 2 small snacks. This works out to eating every 3 hours. Folks, if you let a large amount of time slip between meals, your next meal will not be pretty. You will be so hungry that you'll over eat, and then you'll feel gross.
3. Repeat Yourself
It's ok to eat the same thing over and over. If you find foods that work for you- taste good, satisfy, and keep you full. Then by all means, eat them everyday! There's a reason why I eat a sandwich almost everyday for lunch. I know how many calories are in my sandwich and it keeps me full.
4. Don't Drink Sugar
I get it, I need to cut back on the Starbucks!
5. Practice Long, Slow Eating
The article suggest eating without distractions: no TV, no computer, or newspaper. I will be honest, almost every night I eat dinner in front of the TV. It's a hard habit to break, especially when you eat alone. Also, I am the world's fastest eater. When I was a child my family would remind me the food is not going anywhere.
I'm confident these tips were not new to anyone. However, it's never bad to have a little reminder. Sometimes life gets a bit crazy and we get off track. This happens to everyone. The important thing is to get back on track.