Traveling Light: Cutting the Calories While On the Go

Do you travel a lot? You can still stick to a healthy diet with a little advance planning. If you’re watching your weight, these are some simple techniques for cutting calories while on the go.

Advance Planning

1. Eat well before leaving. It’s always easier to resist fattening foods if you feel full. Enjoy a hearty meal before you set out. If you have an early flight, get up in time to enjoy a breakfast of whole-wheat toast and oatmeal with raisins.
2. Call your hotel. Phone the concierge or the front desk at the hotel where you’ll be staying. Ask for their recommendations for nearby places where you can eat light. Research the location of the nearest grocery store. You can save money and calories by picking up fresh vegetables and fruits to snack on.
3. Do some investigative work. Go online to find your best options at the airports and destinations you have planned. Airport websites usually list their restaurants. Search local business directories by zip code to find ethnic or vegetarian restaurants, health food stores, and farmers markets.
4. Bring along bottled water. Bottled water is a traveler’s best friend. Staying hydrated helps keep you from feeling hungry. A frozen bottle of water can serve as a cooler to keep your snacks chilled. When it melts, you can drink the water and refill it to use as a free weight for exercising.
5. Pack your own meals and snacks. Preparing your own meals and snacks will give you more control over your diet. Put together a trail mix of nuts, lightly sweetened cereal, and dried fruits. Fill zip lock bags with cut vegetables or peanut butter on crackers.
6. Keep your car stocked with healthy snacks. Many people spend long hours in their cars. Always have water and healthy snacks handy like nuts, dried fruit, and low-fat energy bars.

    Eating Away From Home

      1. Control your portion sizes. You can enjoy dining out and still eat like a thin person. Make a meal out of a couple of appetizers instead of a full size entree. Cut your entree in half and take the leftovers back to your hotel for breakfast. Split a dessert with your travel companion.
      2. Eat slowly. Slowing down is a simple and effective way to consume fewer calories. You’ll recognize when you’re full instead of overeating. Put your fork down in between bites.
      3. Learn to read menus. Wherever you eat, there are some common terms that usually indicate dishes low in fat and calories. Look for red sauces rather than creamy white sauces, steamed mussels rather than deep fried fish, and pizza with vegetable toppings rather than extra cheese or sausage.
      4. Fill up on healthy side dishes. If you’ve already consumed a lot of calories for the day, skip the French fries. Order a green salad with low fat dressing on the side. By putting the dressing on your own salad, you can control the quantity and therefore the calories.
      5. Avoid high calorie drinks. Soft drinks, shakes, and many cocktails can add on a lot of calories. Drink water with your meals. At the bar, order a small glass of white wine instead of a White Russian.
      6. Ask for slimmed-down dishes. Many restaurants offer lighter dishes for the health conscious. You can also ask for sauces on the side or substitute another vegetable for the potatoes.

      It can be challenging to eat right when you’re away from home. Planning ahead will help you avoid being tempted by fast food. A nutritious diet will give you the energy you need to enjoy your travels and return home without any excess baggage.


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      The Importance of Implementing Time Management Tools

      Learning how to manage your time wisely and efficiently is essential to just about everyone, in both their professional and personal lives. Proper time management can help you in a number of different areas in your life, and here are some of the most notable.

      Physical Health

      Believe it or not, learning how to budget your time wisely and use the time management tools available to you every day can be an integral part in maintaining your overall health. By utilizing things such as schedules, appointments, and even traveling more efficiently, you are able to find more time to exercise and eat a more healthy diet. Even on your most hectic days, proper time management techniques can help you find a few minutes here and there to get the exercise and nutrition that you need.

      Expands Your Mental Horizons

      How many times have you said to yourself “I can’t think about that now!” Well, one of the ways that time management techniques can be a benefit is by allowing you the time to think about things outside the daily scope of your life. By challenging yourself mentally – doing a crossword puzzle, playing an online strategy game, or even reading a magazine that challenges you can be wonderful ways to get your brain working. Something as simple as setting timer to let you know when the laundry is done is a great way to allow you to schedule some time for some mental exercises.

      Contribute to Society

      Except for a select few, most of us try to contribute and draw from the neighborhood around us each day. Whether it is taking the time to call the neighbor across the street, or saying hello to the postal carrier, each one of us interacts on a daily basis with the people around us. However, if you chose not to manage your time wisely, the moments that you spend learning and growing with your neighbors will be few and far between. Humans as a rule are social creatures – in most cases we need social interaction to live and thrive. Why deny yourself the possibility of discovering something new in your own neighborhood? By implementing a few simple time management tools, you’ll be able to have the time to sit down on your front porch and visit with a neighbor. Who knows what you may learn.

      Making the Most of Your Career

      One of the many aspects of leading a full and busy life is that often work and school schedules will impact your home life. Learning how to use proper time management skills and techniques can be a great way to help minimize that impact. Simple things such as having a daily “to-do” list, or a knowing the estimated time to complete each task is a great way to help make sure your work day doesn’t turn into your entire day.

      Help with Emotional Overload

      Sometimes, even the best of us get overwhelmed. Whether it is stress from the job, or friction in a relationship, there are many things that can take an emotional toll on a person. However, a few time management techniques used here and there can mean a world of difference in reducing your stress levels and emotional tolls. Something as simple as setting your alarm clock fifteen minutes early for some “me-time” or having Wednesday night dinner is take out can be great ways to help lighten your load.

      Finding Your Spiritual Center

      It has been said that after the essentials of food, water and shelter have been met, humans by their very nature will turn to ideas and thoughts of more spiritual nature. In truth, the spiritual aspect of your life, whether you believe in a high power, or simply the power of the human spirit is no less important than making sure your life, and career is in order. This perhaps is the one area where proper time management techniques can offer the greatest hope and help. By using your time and efforts more efficiently, you can be more open to exploring things of an otherworldly nature.

      These are just six of the many areas that proper time management tools can help. By implementing just a few of them, you’ll soon find that your days will become richer and more fulfilling. Having the time to do what you were meant to do, instead of only doing what you have to do is very fulfilling indeed.

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