When working with my coaching clients, the reason most often stated for impulsively purchasing food from fast food restaurants is that they feel hungry when driving home from work. These people did not want to keep eating at fast food restaurants as much as they were. They wanted to eat more healthy home-cooked meals as a regular part of their lifestyle.
And yet, they found they were still stopping by fast food restaurants on the way home from work.
Does this happen to you?
If you are tired of feeling hungry after work, and tired of feeling too exhausted when you get home to prepare a supper, the simple strategies they used to stop their random fast food visits may be helpful to you, too. And, let’s face it, sometimes the time between your last few minutes at work and supper being ready to eat feels SOOOO long.
Here, in Part 1, you will find the #1 strategy you can implement to stop those random fast food visits, and eat healthy suppers more often:
Begin carrying snacks regularly.
Having some snacks stuffed in your bag, or in the vehicle, means that you can have healthy choices to snack on during the ride home. This will help keep hunger at bay until you are able to get home and make supper.
Here are some snacks that keep well in a car or desk drawer.
- dried fruit such as apricots or raisins
- granola bars
- trail mix
- banana chips
- dried and spiced chickpeas (like corn nuts from when we were kids, except with a bean)
Notice how I didn’t mention rice cakes, dried seaweed, or popcorn? That is because all of those are low in calories. If you are truly hungry they will provide crunch, and a little nutrition, but not the energy you are looking for. By eating foods with more calories as the primary part of your snacks you will feel much more satisfied until your next meal.
Carrying snacks is often the easiest way people I’ve worked with were able to stop eating at fast foods restaurants due to impulse. The snacks kept them satisfied long enough that they could get home and have the energy and interest in preparing a healthy meal (whether that is from scratch or heating up leftovers from the fridge or freezer).
There are two more effective strategies to reduce impulsive fast food visits, AND they make eating a healthy supper when you get home much easier. More on these in the next blog post!
In the meantime, if you want some help to jump start your plant-based eating, as well as tips and strategies that work for your unique circumstances, check out my “Make Plant-based Easy” program. Spring registration is now open. In this program you’ll get two phone/Skype one-on-one coaching sessions, as well as a personalized grocery list, and menu planning ideas. Click here for more information.