1) Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals only leads to increased hunger and possibly poor food choices later on. Try to eat at least every 4-5 hours to keep hunger in check and blood sugar stable.
2) Stash healthy snacks. Stash healthy snacks in your purse, backpack or car for when hunger strikes. Planning snacks into your day can help you keep energy levels up and stay satisfied in between meals. Try keeping low-fat granola bars, small baggies of trail mix and fruit handy.
3) Carry a water bottle. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger and being dehydrated can lead to fatigue resulting in a high sugar ‘pick me up.’ Stay hydrated by carrying a water bottle with you during the day.
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4) Plan, Plan, Plan! Is skipping meals part of your daily routine? Plan it out ahead of time, even it that means writing in your planner. Start by planning a little extra time in the morning so you can eat before you leave the house.
5) Choose healthy fast foods. Believe it or not, tere are healthy items to choose from! Try a grilled chicken sandwich, veggie burger, yogurt and fruit, a turkey sandwich with fruit and water or a bean burrito.
6) Balance your meals and snacks. Carb heavy foods are easy to grab, but they can leave you hungry in an hour. Try adding a dose of protein to help keep you satisfied for longer. Try cottage cheese with a granola bar, string cheese with fruit, peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat or turkey slices with crackers and carrots.