Avoid the “After-Work Binge”
You arrive home from work, walk in the door and drift into the kitchen. Completely starved, you open the refrigerator or pantry door, stand in front of it and start snacking. Chances are you aren’t reaching for the bell peppers and tomatoes…you are most likely grabbing potato chips, cookies or anything you can get your hands on! When you are hungry, your eyes are bigger than your stomach and your instant response is: EAT SOMETHING FAST! This is why we always end up spending more money at the grocery store when we’re hungry!
An easy way to prevent this binge is to make sure you carry something with you in the car to eat on the way home from work. Pretty simple isn’t it? Before you leave work in the morning, be certain to pack this snack. Just one more item to add to the mix: Keys, cellphone, purse/wallet…and “after-work binge-prevention snack.”
Don’t rely on the office vending machine to be the source of your travel snack…we know what types of foods are usually found there right? This is a good time to get a serving or two of vegetables in your diet. I like to pack a container full of baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers and red peppers. Whatever snack you choose, make sure it is filling enough to fight off the binge, but not too much to ruin your dinner appetite. Some other good choices are:
- A large cluster of grapes or an apple
- A Kashi Bar or GoodGreens Wildberry bar
- A handful of almonds and a handful of whole grain cereal (my favorite is Kashi Berry Fruitful Biscuits)
Just think…with this simple precautionary measure, you can trim inches off of your waistline without much effort at all! How? I’ll use myself as an example. When I don’t prepare, my typical after-work binge involves half of a bag of whole grain tortilla chips. While whole grain tortilla chips aren’t a bad choice, eating that much isn’t smart. It ends up costing me a whopping 560 calories! Substitute a GoodGreens bar, and I save 370 calories. At the very least, how much effort does it take to toss a bar in your briefcase? Exactly.
Think of the possibilities!