By MACROS | Published on March 17, 2017
We all make bad food choices when we’re away from the comfort of our fridge. A McDonald’s lunch here, a sausage roll there, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Figure athlete Katie Chung Hua shares her best tips for eating healthy even when you’re away from home.
1. Be prepared
The most successful people set themselves up for success. Meal plan so you don’t eat junk food to satisfy your hunger because of time constraints.
2. Track your food
Writing down your food can put what you eat into perspective. You’ll be surprised – maybe you’re over or under-eating for your goals.
3. Stock your travel bag with healthy food
Get rid of the junk food and other bad treats that can tempt you day in, day out.
4. Take a Multivitamin
Most people don’t get enough vitamins and minerals from what they eat. Fight cravings by giving your body the nutrients it needs.
5. Limit toppings
All those extra dips like ketchup and BBQ sauce are high in sodium and sugar, which means extra calories. Try salsa, balsamic vinaigrette or hummus instead.
6. Check the labels
Look for things such as aspartame, MSG and hydrogenated oils. Cut them out and your body will function better.
7. Go green with every meal
Greens are high in vitamin C, folic acid and fiber. Try to add something of that color to each dish.
8. Find a table to eat at
If you sit distracted in front of the TV, you don’t realize how much you’ve eaten – or how sedentary you’ve been.
9. Cut soda
If the ingredients alone don’t do enough damage, the combination of sugar, caffeine, and sodium in soda causes dehydration.
10. Sugar-free does not equal healthy
When something says sugar-free, still check the label for toxic ingredients.
11. Pack snacks
Don’t make poor food choices because you’re busy. Throw a protein bar or two into your purse on the way out.
12. Add lemon to your water
Lemons can aid digestion, boost the immune system and alkalize the body.
13. Don’t drink your calories
Don’t waste your intake on high-cal, high-street coffees. Eat whole food.
14. Eat the right carbs
Choose whole grains black beans and quinoa over white rice and flour
15. Discover foods you enjoy
Find healthy alternatives to your favorite dishes. Depriving yourself of things you like can lead to overeating junk food.