One all-important step to starting a healthy weight loss plan is to clear your home of the foods that can derail your diet.
Your Healthy Shopping List
Light string cheese
Cereals with fiber*
Low-fat cottage cheese
Low-fat granola bars
Light microwave popcorn
Light salad dressings
Tuna packed in water
Bean soups, beans & lentils
Soy beans (Edamame)
Fruit juice bars
Natural (sugar free) peanut butter
Meal replacement bars
Healthy Choice meals
Lean Cuisine meals
*Good source of fiber contains 2.5-5 grams fiber per serving. High fiber source contains over 5 grams fiber per serving
If working outside your home:
Find someone supportive at work who may help you when the going gets tough or bring daytime numbers of supportive people you can call.
Check out junk food temptations at work and distance yourself from them if possible.
Suggest to coworkers that candy or other treats be kept in lunchroom (out of sight).
Toss a fresh fruit or vegetable into your briefcase every day. Good choices: apple, pear, orange, banana, mini carrots, cherry tomatoes, jicama slices.
Bring lunches from home if possible or order healthier ones.
Find the nutritious alternatives on take-out menus. These include: Grilled chicken sandwich, lean turkey sandwich on whole-grain bread, bean or vegetable soup, veggie or turkey sub with mustard instead of mayo, Greek salad, bagel and hummus, baked potato. Call establishments to check if they have healthy alternatives (light mayo for tuna salad, lowfat cheese for sandwiches) not listed on the menu.
Take note of healthier options in vending machines. Yogurt, popcorn, pretzels, broth-based soup, bottled water are your best bets.
Stock office drawer, briefcase, or refrigerator with an emergency supply of snack foods. Best bets: Fruit, Nature Valley granola bars, high fiber cereal in baggies, flavored rice cakes, meal replacement bars, lowfat yogurt, light microwave popcorn, Tastetation candies.
If you have a traveling job, plan ahead. Toss fresh fruit and meal replacement bars in your briefcase; bring gym shoes; check that the hotel has a fitness center.
If working inside your home:
Keep fresh fruit or veggies out on your counter.
Toss fresh fruit or veggies in your purse, backpack, or diaper bag every day.
Assemble healthier lunches at home. Our picks: Lean turkey sandwich on whole grain bread, bean or vegetable soup, bean, vegetable or spinach salad, reduced fat peanut butter and jelly on high fiber bagel, tuna salad (made with reduced-fat mayonnaise) sandwich, reduced fat yogurt and cottage cheese mixed with fresh fruit.
Now that you've given yourself a clean start food-wise, you'll enjoy a less-stressful journey to a healthier weight.
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