In the last blog post we talked about the #1 strategy you can easily implement to reduce (or even stop!) impulsive fast food restaurant purchases. Today we’ll look at two more strategies that can help reduce these visits, AND they make eating a healthy supper when you get home much easier.
1. Distribute your calories throughout the day.
Oftentimes, carrying snacks can be enough to put an end to many of the random fast food visits. However, this next step can be just as important if you are not doing it already: instead of eating your food in one or two clumps, spread it throughout the day.
Just as you’ve heard about the importance of breakfast, lunch is important, too. If you haven’t eaten in a few hours, or have only been snacking on small bits here and there, by the time you are done work you are likely to feel more hungry than if you had eaten full meals throughout the day. And when you are feeling really hungry, it will be more difficult to convince yourself to go home and prepare a meal.
2. Incorporate weekly meal prep.
Spending a little time once a week doing food preparation, even as little as an hour, can make eating healthy meals for the rest of the week much easier. Some examples of food preparation include:
- Make a double batch of a one-pot meal you really enjoy like bean chili, butternut squash soup, or quinoa salad. These can used for suppers or brought to work for lunch. Extra cooked food can be put in the freezer.
- Make salads ahead of time. If you store them in glass jars or containers, with the sauce on the side, they can make for a healthy appetizer as you prepare your meal. You can make these while your food for the one-pot meal is cooking.
- Some foods can be partially prepared ahead of time to make fresh meals with later in the week. For example, you could cut onions and freeze them. The same can be done with other vegetables to be used later in stir-fry or a curry soup. Lentils and beans can also be cooked and spiced ahead of time.
Distributing your calories throughout the day and doing some meal preparation will make preparing a healthy supper seems less daunting and require less work overall. Let’s review the three strategies for reducing impulsive fast food restaurant visits and to eat healthy meals more often:
Begin carrying snacks regularly.
Distribute your calories throughout day.
Incorporate weekly meal prep.
If these three tips seem like too much, pick one to work on and you will definitely see a difference in the number of impulsive visits you make to fast food restaurants.
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