Quick Tip #22 ~ Be Prepared
Chance favors the prepared.
Most of the time the problems I hear with failing on a diet or not going to the gym fall on “controllable” matters. Certainly there are times when life gets in the way and doesn’t allow you the freedom you want to make the “best” food choices. This doesn’t mean you can’t still make good food choices, even when last minute things arise.
The key is to always be prepared.
Three ways that I’m prepared, no matter where I’m at is by:
1 – Having a Whey Protein Shake with me. Even if I don’t have the time to cook a full meal, I can still take in calories that will help to stabilize my blood sugar, while not negatively impacting my physique (and in fact may help it).
2 – Having left-over meats and vegetables that I can heat up on the stove top in about 3-5 minutes. I hate microwaving foods, but heating up meat on the stove is quick, easy and doesn’t take a lot of thinking.
3 – Have healthy snacks around. Three healthy snacks for when I need something fast are:
A – Plain 1 or 2% Greek Yogurt. It’s high in protein, low in carbs and mixed with some cinnamon, blueberries or even a protein powder can be tasty.
B – If it’s the morning and I need to literally run out the door, but want to eat something quick, I’ll have some Applegate Farms Smoked Ham and grab an organic apple and about 10 almonds. This quick snack makes for a perfect quick meal. It takes about 5 minutes to eat (not prepare) and if you eat 5 pieces of ham will provide you with about 22 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbs and some healthy fats.
C – Almond butter and Dark Chocolate. This is one of my late night favorite snacks (especially when I’m not getting enough sleep) because it satisfies my peanut butter chocolate craving without needing a ton of sugar (and in fact, has very little sugar). Typically two squares of chocolate with the almond butter on top fulfills that craving while being only about 200 calories that keep me satisfied.
The bottom line with all of this, is to be prepared. The more prepared you are, the less temptation you’ll feel when life throws curveballs at you.
If you have any questions or further suggestions on how to stay prepared, leave a comment below.