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Tips for eating healthfully while on the run

December 22, 2011 - Carla Tracy

Many of us on Maui are running around like crazy now through the holiday season. Wouldn’t it be great to have healthful options when we’re on the fly?

I would tend to agree with recent research by the United States Department of Agriculture, reporting that Americans are now spending around 40 percent of their food budget on eating outside of the home. What’s more, a study in “Obesity Reviews” reports that those eating out of the home tend to consume more calories and less nutrition.

Of course, many Maui restaurants offer healthful options in addition to calorie-laden ones. But I’m not talking about a sit-down meal here. I’m talking about grabbing a quick bite in the middle of a shopping spree.

“With all that we have to do that keeps us busy today, we need access to nutritious food options in order to achieve and maintain good health,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending.

“When it comes to eating outside of the home, it is even more important to focus on eating healthy, so that your goals go where you go.”

Here are some of Backer’s tips to help maintain healthy eating habits while on the go:

Only snack when you are hungry. Avoid nibbling and snacking just because of what time it is, since this will only add calories where they are not needed.

Opt for fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. The more you can get in per day, the better. Whether for snacking or meals, fresh fruits and veggies are always a wise choice.

Keep portion sizes in check. Always keep the portion size in mind, since exceeding it adds on additional unnecessary calories.

Avoid sugary beverages. They merely add empty calories. Instead, opt for water or drinks that are not sugary, such as tea, healthy smoothies, etc.

Look for low-fat options. There are lower-fat options when it comes to meals, as well snacks. When looking for a healthy snacking option, for example, looked for fruits, veggies, baked chips, popcorn, or cereal bars.

Plan ahead. The more that your meals and snacks are planned out, the better off you will be. Check menus, consider options, and map out what will be eaten. This helps people avoid becoming really hungry and having to scrounge around for whatever they can find.

“There are many effective ways to stay on the path to healthy eating, even when you are eating outside of the home,” adds Backer. “It really comes down to making sure you have access to those healthier options. The more they are a part of your life, the healthier you will likely be.”


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