My book came out on Monday, and I've been running around like a madwoman ever since. And while I don't have more than five minutes to whip up a healthy meal, I'm doing everything I can to prevent a diet slipup.
When I know I'm going to spend all day on the go, I make sure my purse is packed. I always have a water bottle on hand, as well as a high-protein snack like an all-natural energy bar or peanut butter on whole-grain bread. Today, I'm munching on homemade trail mix: raw nuts, dried fruit, and a sprinkling of dark chocolate for a little stress relief. It's the perfect combination of protein, heart-healthy fats, and antioxidants.
Sometimes, I'm so frazzled that I reach into my bag only to find I've forgotten to plan ahead, but I don't let this oversight derail my diet. Yesterday, I was strandedand starvingso I had to hit up the nearest deli. I chose a small container of creamy tomato soup, and it hit the spot! I normally tell my clients to opt for broth-based varieties, but when that isn't an option, choose a creamier variety in a downsized portion.
I nix my Starbucks habit when I'm super-stressed. It may sound counterintuitive, but when I'm already on edge, too much caffeine easily upsets my stomach. Lately I've been sipping Synergy Kombucha teas for an energy boost. Or I opt for a small smoothie when I need something more substantial. But if you're watching your waistline, avoid anything made with fattening dairy products like ice cream or full-fat yogurt.
1 cup berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberrieswhatever is on sale!)
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup ice
At the end of a long day, I like to treat myself to something a little decadent that won't cost me too many calories. I know that if I don't indulge a little, my stress level will hit the roof sooner or later.