If you ever did Weight Watchers, you’ve probably heard that old saying. It’s true, though. I do really well with my eating until I’m in a situation where I’m out of my comfort zone.
This week has been a perfect example of this. It’s been crazy this week, both at home and at work. Long hours + projects due + no time to cook = opportunity to make bad decisions.
This morning, after I completed an errand, I ran over to Meijer and purchased some staples that I can eat on for days.
I bought vegetables, fat-free sour cream and soup mix (to make a dip).
I bought frozen meals and more vegetables.
I bought peanut butter, sugar-free jam and flat bread.
Just before lunch time, I went to our break room and washed all the veggies and cut them up. I made the dip, too. I’ll have enough veggies to snack on for a few days, and it only took me a few minutes to prepare.
Because I took a few extra moments at the grocery this morning, I also have some healthier, protein rich frozen meals and even some fun food for snacks.
I’ve also learned that if I leave the house without eating breakfast, I will almost certainly pull into McDonalds. Hitting McDonalds for breakfast isn’t always a bad thing; they now have fruit & yogurt parfaits, they have oatmeal and their Egg McMuffin isn’t terribly bad for you. However, if I put myself into that situation by not having food available at home, will I make the healthier choice at McDonalds? Maybe, maybe not. I might decide to get something that’s loaded with fat and carbs and way too much sugar.
So, at home, I keep boiled eggs, lean ham, pre-cooked bacon, those new flat sandwich buns, bananas, apples and oat bran with almond milk. Within 5 minutes I can have any number of healthy breakfast options and be headed out the door.
So my challenge to you is to think about how you can take a few extra moments when you have them and prepare for the moments when your life turns crazy.