Back in the Swing of Things

Back in the Swing of Things

 

 

 

 

We’re past labor day, you know what that means? It’s time to get back down to brass tacks. Kids are back in school, summer vacations are over, we’re done with the lazy days of the summer. It’s almost heart breaking. The return of everything pumpkin is the harbinger for doom. It’s the end of the year.

What’s it mean to be back on track?

Being back on track means there’s dinner on the table every night. There are fewer opportunities to eat frozen yogurt for dinner. (What, you don’t do that at least once each summer? You’re missing out.)  Instead, you’re often juggling school events, late nights at work, networking events and more. Even if you have simplified your meal planning like we suggested there are challenges to navigate and you are prepared!

Back on track means:

  • A healthy breakfast, or a plan for breakfast before you walk out the door.
  • Filled water bottle at your side for sweet sweet hydration.
  • A plan for lunch or something packed up to go with you.
  • Snacks are planned, tasty and healthy.
  • There’s no scramble for dinner,  you have a plan, you shopped & prepped, or delegated your meal plan for the day.
  • Desserts are healthy options and not an everyday occurrence.

How do you get back on track?

In the next 7 days, I’m home 2, and tonight is one of those days. So how did I prepare?
First, I declared my intention to eat well while I’m on the road and to ensure there were healthy food options for my partner.  Then I sat down and figured out what that meant.
For my partner that meant having grab and go options. He’s not the type to sit down and cook dinner.  So in the fridge we now have.
-Starbucks-style sous vide  egg cups
-Hard Boiled Eggs
-Salsa Chicken
-Low Carb Tortillas
-Cheddar Cheese
-My spiralized antipasta salad
-Romaine hearts
-Cucumbers

Also in the freezer, I added a few bags of steam fresh veggies, in case he gets adventurous.

For me, I’ll pack a variety of the above, with the following added in my travel bag.
-Celery, carrot and cucumber sticks
-Hummus
-Homemade yogurt
-Yogurt made into a veggie dip.
-Smoked chicken breasts.
-Cheddar cheese slices
-Almonds
-Grapes
-Cherry tomatoes

I’ll do things like wrap the tortilla around a little chicken for lunch, turn the hard boiled eggs into deviled eggs with a little mustard, or chop the smoked chicken into my zuchinni pasta salad. It’s enough variety on hand so that it doesn’t get boring.

Sometimes you call the professionals for help.

Just like I’m willing to pay WW for diet help, I’m also willing to occasionally pay pros for a little meal planning help. What does that mean?
For me, it’s having an eMeals plan. They have plans with WW points, low carb plans, clean eating and Paleo plans. They also make it crazy easy to swap between plans. The cost? $30 for 3 months. If you’re curious you should try eMeals Free for 14 Days

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