As the famous Matthew McConaughey said in the brilliant film ‘Dazed and Confused’, “You just gotta keep livin’ man, L-I-V-I-N.”
Life will never be perfect. Yes, this Type A ‘Perfectionist’ will admit to you that life nor I will ever be perfect. There will always be something that will come up that may take you out of your comfort zone. During my Dietetic Internship, a rule of thumb, was learn to be flexible. I attended a conference in San Diego, that was sponsored by General Mills (eye roll). Let’s just say the food choices they offered to me were not ‘macro friendly’ and would have me needing to catch up on my protein macros the rest of the day. Yet they allowed me to come and go during lunch – insert Plan B – a trip to Whole Foods. At Whole Foods, along with my hand dandy food scale, I was able to use the Salad Bar combined with the Hot/Cold Food Bar to create an awesome ‘macro friendly’ lunch. Plus, it allowed me to save some extra carbohydrate macros for going out to dinner at any swanky San Diego restaurant. We won’t always have control over certain situations but we have control over the path we take to reach our goals. Here are a few of my tips for macro tracking (or sticking to a healthy eating plan) when life happens.
- Travel Food Scale – Even if you don’t macro track, its a good way to keep food in balance and moderation. AWS – 600 Digital Food Scale from Amazon is only $9 – invest in yo’ self.
- If staying in a hotel, call beforehand to see if there is a fridge or microwave available to you. If so you can pack oatmeal to cook in the microwave, store vegetables and protein such as turkey lunch meat to have a health snack on hand when those SNACCidents happen.
- Snacks that don’t need a fridge can be – trail mix, Rx Bars, protein bars.
- Scope out restaurants in the area of where you are staying so you can find look up the menu and find a meal that fits within your goals.
- Balance, Variety, and Moderation – remember LIFE HAPPENS, learn to enjoy the good times. When we learn to indulge in foods we don’t normally have it allows us to take the power and control back in our hands and not let food be the boss of us.
Life will never be perfect. Your nutrition may never be ‘cookie cutter’ perfect or the best. However, it isn’t about being perfect or the best but being better than you were the day before.