When you’re frantically busy, eating is like fueling up at a gas station.
But just because you’re in a rush isn’t an excuse to shovel unhealthy food into your body. With preparation, you can upgrade your diet and feel more energized as a result.
Even after much awareness-raising in recent years about fat and sugar contributing to obesity, Americans still resist vegetables. The Centers for Disease Control found that only 27 percent of U.S. adults eat the recommended three or more daily servings of veggies. (Children consume even less.)
Bringing bags of carrots, celery or other vegetables to work can help you nosh without reaching for chips or candy. Just don’t wash them down with diet soda.
Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center concluded that people who drink artificially sweetened beverages gain more weight than those who don’t. Why? Some theorize that the sugar substitutes in diet drinks make us yearn for actual sugar.
Replacing diet soda with seltzer is a safer bet. Or keep a water bottle nearby and make that your go-to beverage.
Investigate claims of “healthy” snacks
Makers of packaged foods know that you’re on the prowl for healthier snacks. So they promote their products as nourishing and wholesome.
Before you accept their pitch, scan the nutrition data. You’ll find, for example, that some brands of colorful veggie chips contain about the same fat and sodium as normal chips. And some seemingly healthy bags of trail mix taste so good because they’re loaded with fat and hydrogenated oils.
Perhaps the most tricky “health food” is yogurt. Because it comes in whole fat, low-fat, “light” and nonfat varieties, it’s logical to assume nonfat offers all of yogurt’s friendly bacteria benefits without a downside. Yet just eight ounces of nonfat plain yogurt has 10 or more grams of sugar.