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How can I avoid Fast Food and Junk when I’m on the go and STARVING!

Avoiding fast, sugary food is tough!

Ok, even though I’m a Health Coach, I can’t say that I’ve never fallen victim to the fast food line. I CAN, however, say that I haven’t fallen victim to fast food in well over 5 years. I know the feeling of traveling along (maybe to PoleCON!) starving, and craving some food that will provide a solution to that crazy grumbling sound in your belly. You don’t want to lose time or mileage, so, you go for something quick and fast. It doesn’t help that each town has at least one to two (or even more) fast food joints to offer some quick yet unhealthy options for you. The Fast Food industry is HUGE, and it contributes greatly to the Standard American Diet (SAD….yes it is so sad.) Places like McDonalds have even reached into the far corners of the world, including Kuwait and Iraq. I know, I’ve been there! So, how can YOU avoid this? How can you avoid being that hungry, craving, cranky-and- in-need-of-a-fast-fix person who has lost all control for healthy determination? Well, it is much simpler than you’d think.

The real fast food, the kind that came before these multi-million dollar unhealthy options for us, was good old-fashioned fruits and veggies. Imagine that! Fruits and veggies should always be the number one option, and they are sold everywhere we turn as well! Even though the SAD still rules far and wide, America is slowly starting to realize that healthy options are a good idea too. You can go into the quick mart and buy bananas and apples. Most quick marts even carry greek yogurt or hummus with veggies. Although they don’t usually have a drive thru, it’s still extremely quick AND convenient. If you really want to talk about convenience then you need to prepare ahead of time. If you pack snacks and quick foods to go in your purse or brief case then you will always have a fast food option that aligns with having a healthy determination.

I suggest packing apples, bananas, oranges, and even some healthy homemade trail mix! Trail mix is my favorite go to snack when I’m traveling. I put some nuts, raisins, and dried fruit like cranberries in a little Ziploc back or plastic Tupperware container. Sometimes I even add decadent dark chocolate morsels. It is always there and it doesn’t fail me. It’s also quick to prepare, and if I make a bunch of it I can take little servings for a couple days so it lasts. Trail mix provides a great combination of complex carbs and protein. Protein will slow the rise of blood sugar and keep you from crashing 30 minutes later.

These are just a couple of my favorite ways to avoid the glutinous monster that is Fast Food. If you want some one on one help with any of these options, or to discuss your current health goals, visit www.wholegreenyou.com or email wholegreenyou@gmail.com.

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