- Keep staples on hand for quick, healthy meals. At our house, I always make more protein at dinner that I can eat and then use the extra in a salad for lunch the next day. It allows for pulling together a quick-lunch time meal.
- Look for excuses to walk during the day. Walk while talking on the phone, walk after lunch or, better yet, to and from lunch. Walk by parking a little farther away, and take your shopping cart back into the store vs. the cart corral. Every extra step is a step in the right direction to your healthy lifestyle. Calories burned can add up quickly.
- Set a time to get exercise or other physical activity and stick to it. Put it in your calendar at the beginning of the week and make it part of your regular schedule. It is more important than almost anything else you do.
- Buy healthy pre-packaged foods for more ways to eat smart when you are strapped for time or in a pinch. I always try to eat fresh food, but occasionally we are in a pinch for time and pre-packaged food is the solution. When buying pre-packaged food always make sure to check not only calorie and fat labels but also sodium. The majority of Americans eat too much salt and we should try to keep our intake at the total amount of sodium we consume to 2,000 mg (2 g) per day.
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