How to Deal with Dieting Diversions
Have you ever just started a diet only to be met with an invitation to a must-attend dinner party that includes a menu full of foods other than YOUR diet foods? Dieting is not always easy, and there will always be food temptations around the corner. Here are three scenarios that will tempt you to divert from your dieting goals and some solutions to help you stay on the right path.Cake, Donuts, Pizza and More in the Office Breakroom
- Avoid the breakroom like the plague
- Enlist a coworker to help keep you on track
- Keep healthy snacks such as granola bars, nuts, or fresh fruit (like a banana) in your desk drawers for moments when snack attacks hit
- Ask a friend if they would be willing to split an entree
- If side options such as steamed vegetables or buttery mashed potatoes are available, you should always choose the healthier side option
- Instead of cream-based soups, order broth-based soups
- Look for menu items that have been prepared using a more healthy cooking method such as broiled, grilled, or steamed, instead of, say, fried
- Share dessert
- When ordering a salad, ask that the dressing be served on the side
Meeting Your Calorie Goal for the Day Well Before Dinnertime
- If you’re really hungry, you should go ahead and prepare a healthy dinner
- If you’re not too, too hungry, cut your portion sizes or skip on the starch portion of the meal
- If you cook and eat your already planned meal, you can up your workout time by 15 minutes
Making a commitment to lose weight for better health is commendable. Don’t beat yourself up if you slip. Do your best, and stay aware of solutions.DIY Sports Drinks
If you’re into sports and working up a good sweat or you’ve experienced dehydration from having a fever and not drinking enough fluids, you may know that when you lose body water you also lose electrolytes. Electrolytes are minerals found in body fluids that conduct electrical signals in the body that help maintain muscle function, body fluid levels, blood pH, and more. If you drink sports drinks and you’re trying to cut back on sugar – which can be found in many bottled sports drinks – you can make your own at home with just a few ingredients? Here are three easy and refreshing DIY sports drinks.
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CLC (Cucumber-Lime-Coconut Water) Boost
Ingredients½ cucumber2 limes, peeled1 ½ cups coconut water
Directions Juice the cucumber and limes; combine the juices with coconut water. Place some ice into a drinking glass. Pour the CLC electrolyte boost over the ice. Enjoy.
Ingredients3 cups filtered water1 cup orange juice½ cup lemon juice3 tablespoons raw honey½ teaspoon salt
Directions Place the water, orange juice, lemon juice, honey, and salt in a blender; blend thoroughly. Place some ice into a drinking glass. Pour the orange-lemon-honey boost over the ice. Enjoy.