After yet another day of chaos, my week has finally come to an end. I get to stay home tomorrow, and I’m seriously contemplating making it a………
I’ve been doing treatments bi-weekly, and that seems to work best for me (as opposed to once a month, or once a week). It gives my hair just enough of a break, but the effects never wear off. Another good thing is that my buns always look twice as big after a henna treatment, and I’m thinking I may be depending on this hair style quite a bit for the next couple of months.
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I got REALLY sick after consuming BK last night, in fact, I’m still sick. I had a double cheeseburger and onion rings…I know, tisk, tisk. My job keeps me on the road, and I don’t get time to eat healthy. I don’t eat ‘bad’ all the time, but I crave McDonald’s and BK sometimes (it’s the crack), and it usually ends in despair. How can I break this habit? I’m hoping that my recent bout with gastrointestinal distress (TMI?) is the last straw…
Are any of my readers dietitians or nutritionists? I need some suggestions for CONVENIENT breakfast, lunch and dinner items. I need to be able to eat breakfast and lunch on the go, and dinner needs to be relatively simply and quick to make.
All suggestions are welcome!!!!!
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Nikki, if you HAVE TO buy something at a fast food restaurant then try going to Wendy’s. They have great low fat menu items. You can grab a potato (no cheese or bacon), cup of mandarine oranges, cesar salad, or a small chicken sandwich. The first three items are only $1.
Thank you ladies for your advice and great ideas.
I went grocery shopping on Friday, and I’m going to do my best to stay away from McD and BK.
Here’s my tentative menu:
-steel cut oatmeal (when I can)
-sandwhich (made at home)
-boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I hate chicken breast)
-salad of frozen veggies
snacks all day…cause that’s how I do! I have nuts, yogurt, fruit, hummus (with bellpeppers or crackers), and string cheese…
Thanks again for the advice. I’m definitely going to incorporate these things!!
I love making smoothies for breakfast – i always make sure I have low fat unsweetened soya milk and a at least 2 varieties of fruit at home. I also keep pine nuts and pumpkin seeds to throw in. Another benefit is they can be safely prepared the night before then popped into freezer if you have a really early start in the morning. Any fruit, (even greens!) can go in – just experiment. Lunch – again I make soup in batches (my favorite is spicy lentil & carrot, or simple tomato and basil with some chickpeas thrown in) which i can pop into the microwave at work come lunchtime. Or homemade sandwiches with seed or wholegrain breads filled with salad, tuna or humus or soft avocado etc. Dinner favorites vary but a meal I love is sea bass or rainbow trout parcels – fish flavored with herbs then stuffed with chopped peppers, wrapped in foil and steamed in the oven for 20mins. Triple yum. Okay, I'm done now 😀
Not a nutritionist either, but a grad student with two jobs. Everything I eat is on the run (except for breakfast usually). I rely on bars a lot. A filling breakfast (or lunch) on the go for me: A Larabar (apple pie- lowest in fat and calories among the larabars, plus you get a serving or two of fruit and tons of fiber and protein), an apple, water and polly-o part-skim string cheese (another protein hit).
Carrots and hummus and a goji berry trail mix I found at Whole Foods is pretty good. That trail mix on its own could fill you up and provide lots of energy from the almonds mixed in.
Edamame is really filling on the go too.
I also cosign on everyone else who says cook ahead. And if you do, do whatever it takes to make the cooking easier. You might drop a little more coin for say, pre-chopped onions as opposed to a whole onion but in the long run, you save time and money. And waste less too. I don’t waste as much food either…
Totally co-signing on cooking ahead for the week and on buying pre-cut veggies and fruits to save time. Do you like wraps at all? You can put ANYTHING in a tortilla and call it a wrap. 😉
It also helps to let go of the notion that certain foods are for breakfast, certain foods are for lunch, etc. I have no problem eating “dinner” for breakfast and “breakfast” for dinner (I love eggs and will eat them anytime, anywhere). So long as you’re getting your nutrients it doesn’t matter when in the day you get them…although I will say that breakfast should be your biggest meal of the day.
I’ve gotten a lot of great nutrition tips from a nutritionist on You tube – Nutrition by Natalie. If there’s a Trader’s Joe’s around you, they have healthy convenient foods that are affordable.
hey there CN, I am not a dietician or nutritionist but I do eat healthy and am a fitness fanatic. One thing that has helped me is cooking for the week (or most of the week). So for example, this past Sunday I spent a couple of hours in the kitchen grilling chicken breasts, aparagus, making brown rice portioned out in containters that I can grab & go. I was also able to make oatmeal for about two days of breakfast. I also try to keep a piece of fruit and/or almonds with me on the go. This keeps me from eating Mickey D's and BK and grabbing something my stomach may regret later.
It’s hard to make good choses when you have to eat on the run so here are some suggestions:
The Big Burger Chains – Healthy choices:Regular, single-patty hamburger without mayo or cheese
Grilled chicken sandwich
Garden salad with grilled chicken and low-fat dressing
Egg on a muffin
Grilled chicken strips
Limiting cheese, mayo, and special sauces
I found this on: http://www.helpguide.org/life/fast_food_nutrition.htm
They other restaurants as well.
Hi Nikki, I’m struggling with the same things. But I must say I EVERY time I ate at BK my stomach would rebel against me. I just gave it up after an unfortunate road trip. I believe there is something in their food! Girl, just leave the BK alone…that is all 🙂
hi curlynikki i love the blog… what i do is plan and make my b-fasts lunches and dinners one day out of the week where im relatively free and and store them in tuber ware or something like that. things i make are veggie omelets or french toast for b-fast, steamed rice and broccoli with salmon for lunch and penne pasta with lean ground beef and marina sauce and mozzarella already made like prego….. (i kinda just made myself hungry while typing this) these food have a nice oil content which makes them good for reheating in microwaves… hope that helps ;]
For breakfast i usually have some yogurt (skinny cow) with some chopped up fruit (stawberries) or some granola mixed in. I put it in a ziploc container and take it with me to class. It keeps me pretty full. Also I always have an apple with me to eat when my blood sugar gets low-keeps me full too HTH!