ARE YOU IN A TRAFFIC JAM AND DON’T WANT TO STARVE TO DEATH?
OR ABOUT HOW ABOUT THIS
ARE YOU RUSHING TO YOUR FRIEND’S EVENT AND ONLY HAVE 15 MINUTES TO EAT OR ELSE YOU’LL END UP STARVING FOR THE NEXT 3 HOURS?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above -OR- are in a similar situation then the first part of this article will help you a lot
HOW TO EAT AS HEALTHY AS POSSIBLE AT A FAST FOOD PLACE
STEP 1. Try not to let temptation rule your current thought process. When your body is hungry, your mind is focused on one thing and one thing only. Its focus is to eat the first possible thing it lays its eyes on. Just like any creature of habit, your body looks to fulfill its needs as quickly and as promptly as possible. When you are either driving by, driving to or inside a fast food restaurant with the hunger feeling at the back of your mind, the big poster-size images of foods, special promotions or CHEAP combo meals can bring out the worst on your impulses. Don’t let this happen. Take a step back and read the menu in its entirety. Mentally eliminate items described as double, triple, crispy, FRIES etc. If the establishment displays nutritional information, check that out or use your smart phone to search for such info. Look for meals under 600 calories, 20 grams fat and 750 mg of sodium. Go for the grilled chicken or a salad with vinaigrette dressing, apples, fruit and yogurt. Always take WATER instead of a carbonated beverage.
STEP 2. Don’t think that the stereotypical healthy food is actually healthy. What I mean here is pretty simple. When you order a salad or grilled chicken you’re doing the RIGHT thing, but when you add DRESSINGS and MAYO and other flavors to enhance the meal it does NOT become healthy anymore. I see this going on every day. People will order a salad but then will cover it with ranch. Or the Number 1 killer in my opinion: DIET SODA.
Here are just some of the many reasons why diet soda is a very bad option.
You read that right: Diet soda doesn’t help you lose weight after all. A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater their risk of becoming overweight. Downing just two or more cans a day increase waistlines by 500 percent. Why? Artificial sweeteners can disrupt the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods, suggested an animal study from Purdue University. That means people who consume diet foods might be more likely to overeat, because your body is being tricked into thinking it’s eating sugar, and you crave more.
According to a 2008 University of Minnesota study of almost 10,000 adults, even just one diet soda a day is linked to a 34 percent higher risk of metabolic syndrome, the group of symptoms including belly fat and high cholesterol that puts you at risk for heart disease.
Here’s something you didn’t know about your diet soda: it might be bad for your kidneys. In an 11-year-long Harvard Medical School study of more than 3,000 women, researchers found that diet cola is associated with a twofold-increased risk for kidney decline. Kidney function started declining when women drank more than two sodas a day. Even more interesting: since kidney decline was not associated with sugar-sweetened sodas, researchers suspect that diet sweeteners are responsible.
It messes with your skin. Diet soda lowers your pH levels, which can cause acne, and zap you of radiance. We need a high level of alkalinity for our bodies to be healthy and expressed in our glowing complexion, explains Dr. Jeanette Graf, author of Stop Aging, Start Living: In the words of a renowned doctor, “if there’s one thing you should never consume, it’s soda. Soda is an extreme acid-forming substance which will lower your pH level dramatically.”
It alters your mood. The mood-food connection is ever rising, and aspartame in diet soda can really do a doozey on those with anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. Aspartame is also on an EPA list of potentially dangerous chemicals contributing to neurotoxicity, right under Arsenic. So that’s kind of saying it could alter your brain, too.
So did I give you enough reason to stop the diet soda craze when eating? JUST DRINK WATER. ”Its crisp, its clear, Its H2O ”
Check yourself before you wreck yourself. Pace how you eat. Most people eat fast food like scavengers (really quick). Do you know that fast food is one of the simplest foods to eat because no utensils are required and mostly everything fits perfectly in your two hands without a huge mess? Also studies have proven that people chew and swallow food most rapidly in environments with loud colors and bright lighting (all fast food restaurant couture). It takes the brain about 20 minutes to register that it should be full and it SHOULDN’T feel hungry. So because of this, it’s very easy to go overboard and overeat. Take your time with smaller BITES, smaller PORTIONS. When you’re eating this type of food try to engage in a conversation. In my opinion this will slow down your eating and help you not overeat.
NOW if you’re like me and at all times refuse to eat fast food unless it’s an absolute emergency, here’s what you can do. Head to the store and buy some of this:
1.Greek yogurts – keep them in the fridge and bring one on every trip (throw it in a bag with a disposable spoon). They taste amazing and they are so good for you. Greek yogurt is packed with protein and the protein you get from eating dairy ALSO helps skin become firmer, so it’s more resistant to lines.
2. Granola bars- some benefits are-granola can provide some decent health boosts as a quick meal. Oats provide lots of fiber, which is important for digestion, and the fruits and nuts in granola can contain important vitamins and promote good health. For example, almonds can help lower cholesterol, and cranberries are associated with urinary tract health. Barley and oats also contain antioxidants, which can help strengthen your body and prevent disease.
3. Add a ready to drink Isopure Protein Shake- They make 2 versions (Mass and Zero Carb), both are great and I consume both many times per day. If you keep this in your car with a box of granola and some greek yogurts you will never go hungry when in a rush again!