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What’s in the Bag? Bariatric Tips for Eating On The Go
Bariatric life is busy and its a struggle to eat right while on the move. A mistake we make as ‘bariatric forever’ people is in not thinking and planning ahead. Here are proven tips to help you manage, whether you travel as part of your job or to take your daughter to softball tournaments.
1. Pack Containers of Food. Take the time to follow your bariatric plan. Do not leave it to chance as odds are your meeting will run long, you will not be able to leave and suddenly you are part of the group ordering Chinese take out. Even worse, is when everyone decides to ‘finish up’ rather than break for food and once that bariatric low blood sugar headache starts, your day is ruined.
TIP: Pack your lunch the night before and while it is easier said than done, you will be thankful when you open your lunch box and have a wonderful ‘protein first’ chicken salad made from last nights supper, fruit, a few almonds and a protein bar.
2. Make Quick Healthy Breakfasts. Stop skipping breakfast. It slows your metabolism and is counterproductive to your efforts. Bake a pan of Egg, Broccoli, Cheese Muffins or have a carton of Almond Milk for protein smoothies for the week. Keep a box of Inspire Cinnamon Breakfast Squares protein bars in your kitchen or at your desk so in a pinch you have something to eat to get you body going.
3. Keep Protein Snacks in the Car. Don’t get caught stuck in traffic between meetings or running errands without convenient healthy snacks. Your blood sugar can drop and affect your ability to drive or leave you feeling sick or dizzy. Keep sealed non-perishables in your car. Good choices for your secret console stash? Dried fruit, nuts, jerky, or protein bars that don’t have a chocolate or yogurt coating.
TIP: Keep a tin or baggies of Smokehouse Almonds in your tote bag or car in case you feel lightheaded or begin to get a headache.
4. Pack a Cooler for Road Trips. Pack a family bag with cut up vegetables, hummus, healthy lunch wraps, grape tomatoes, cheese sticks, fruit nuts, jerky and bottles of water. This not only makes for better eating, but is much better than dropping thirty dollars at a gas station or rest stop in the middle of nowhere. With a full cooler you are well prepared.
5. Check out Food Options. If you are going on a business trip, go online now and Google what stores are near your hotel or office meeting location. See if there is a Whole Foods, or Fresh Market near your hotel or meeting location. Many chain grocery stores have Boars Head meats in their deli for turkey breast and you can pick up fresh fruits and replenish your travel cooler.
I am the Desktop Salad Queen. A few grocery store ingredients come together as a gorgeous protein filled meal in minutes. A bag of salad mix, raspberries, avocado, walnuts, Lite Raspberry Walnut Dressing, and pouch of Salmon makes a great lunch with the remainder for a light supper if I don’t want to leave the hotel.
Ship a case of Believe Protein Lattes to your destination. Low blood sugar episodes and weight gains are more likely to take place when we are off schedule. Shipping products to your hotel or to your sisters house is a simple way to know you have protein to rely on without having to carry it.
6. Keep a drawer stash of Snacks. Your bottom desk drawer or a fridge in the corner of your office is a great place to keep your hidden treasures of berries, grape tomatoes, cashews, Kind Bars, apple chips, Believe and Krave Jerky.
7. Get a Lunch Box that you like! Invest in something that is convenient, insulated, big enough, with plenty of pockets of the right size and is able to hold the types of foods you like to eat. I have tried all sorts of styles and types hoping to find the right combination of features. The right bag is worth the investment as it keeps you on path with the post op lifestyle. Meal management bags are hot right now as more and more people want to eat fresh food instead of garbage fast food.
BEST TIP: Choose a FITMARK MEAL MANAGEMENT BAG in the style that suits your new life.
- they are made specifically for dietary management and meal planning
- excellent quality ballistic nylon with seatbelt type material straps
- ice packs keep food cool when you do not have a refrigerator
- great color options and variety of size and use combinations
- no more going to work with a bag that won’t close or squished your food because it’s too small
- practical containers that hold your vitamins and protein powders