vacation in Kauai, the first thing I notice is that time takes on a
At home, time contracts. I feel pressure to move quickly and get lots done. Here, time expands. I patiently stand in line at the local market. Unloading groceries, I take the time to chat with a new neighbor who’s outside sweeping the sidewalk.
Nothing matters except the current moment. This is especially true when it comes to managing hunger and eating.
I always get ravenously hungry after being outdoors playing tennis or bobbing in the ocean waves. Before I decided to get fit, my body easily overruled my mind. Without thinking, I ate whatever was in front of me and miserably regretted the choice for the rest of the day. My haste went directly to my waist.
except for an occasional foray into a Subway restaurant, I try to
avoid fast-food chains, because french fries and chocolate milkshakes
are my downfall. Knowing how easily I’m tempted, I keep my own
“fast food” in the refrigerator to bail me out.
When I feel hungry, I decide if I want something sweet or salty, hot or cold. Do I want something filling or just a nibble to tide me over? Depending on the answer, I pick one of my “fast foods.”
Banana: Taking only a few seconds to peel, the
fruit is wonderfully sweet and nourishing to boot. At 90 calories, it’s a bargain.
Iced chocolate macadamia nut coffee with skim
milk and Splenda: There’s just enough milk in the coffee to provide some protein. The chocolate sweetness makes me think I’ve splurged.
Applesauce: A little cup of unsweetened
applesauce is wonderfully refreshing, especially when combined with a spoonful of nonfat cottage cheese. Between the two, I’m good for an hour, although I’ve eaten only 80 calories.
Popcorn: Whether popped with hot air or in the
microwave, the snack is ready in minutes. The low-calorie version produces 2-3 cups of popcorn (fiber) with only 110 calories.
Hard boiled egg: I eat it dipped in lemon pepper.
Adding two pieces of Melba toast still brings the total calories to a mere 100. Between the protein and the toast, I’ll be satisfied for a couple of hours.
By sharing five of my favorites, I’m encouraging you to come up with your own list. Your favorites probably won’t be the same as mine. All that matters is that they work for you. That way, when you eat in haste, you won’t regret it later.