4 Tricks for Sticking to Your Diet When You're Exhausted
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.
I'm already starting to feel a little run-down and, like most women, I'm confusing fatigue for hunger. My number-one rule for sticking to your diet when you're skimping on shut-eye? Be prepared. Here's how I'm surviving my book launch.
1. Pack a snack.
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.
2. Choose the best of the worst.
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 strandedÂ—and starvingÂ—so 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.
3. Watch what you sip.
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.
If I have a little extra time, I'll whip up my own energizing smoothies or juices at home to save cash and calories. Here's my favorite smoothie recipe:
1 cup berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberriesÂ—whatever is on sale!)
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup ice
Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
4. Reward yourself.
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.
Tonight, I'll probably have some whole-grain toast spread with hummus and topped with melted cheese. If my sweet tooth is acting up, I'll opt for a ramekin of low-fat Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia or a frozen banana and a handful of dark chocolate chips.