Do you ever find yourself at a buffet and can smell a bloat coming on? Let me be honest, I’ve been there before. The endless supply of fried foods, dinner rolls and decadent desserts can put anyone in a food coma. So you’re thinking, is it even possible to leave not feeling like you need to lay down for a nap? How can we possibly focus on portion control when there is so much food around, right?
We’d all like to enjoy a buffet here and there but we often just don’t know how to approach the endless supply of food without completely blowing our diet. Here are a few tips to hopefully help you walk out feeling satisfied, but not miserable.
Healthy Eating Tips
- Drink WATER before, during and after eating. This really goes for any meal. Water helps to rid your body of toxins so drink up! It will also satisfy some hunger before actually eating and fill you up quicker.
- Get a salad first. Limit putting on too much cheese, croutons, bacon bits and dressing.
- Limit yourself to 1-2 main protein choices. At buffets, many proteins are going to be fried, which adds up calories quickly. Most Americans get too much protein, so be mindful.
- Focus on veggies. Load up on vegetables – other than just corn and potatoes 😉 . Choose greens and bright orange veggies!
- Limit sweets and treats. Most buffets have a spread of any dessert you could ever want. But by the time we get to the dessert table, we’ve probably already indulged in a surplus of calories so think of this as a small, sweet finish. Focus on small portions and only use a dessert plate!
Keeping these small tips in mind when eating at endless buffets can go a long way in preventing too much overindulgence. I always say, BE MINDFUL! Make conscious, healthy decisions and think about the impact that food has on our health. Your body will thank you!
Today’s post is a bit different. There is no sample workout routine, just some tips and thoughts about what I have gathered in successfully maintaining an exercise routine. I have tried a bit of everything. I have things I like more than others and I get in streaks, both good and bad, but you need to find what works for you.
What I have noticed is that too often we beat ourselves up if we’re not busting our tails everyday or sticking to exactly what our exercise routine looks like. We’re all human and life happens. We get frustrated and want to quit because we think “what’s the point now?” But what you also need to know is that you must take care of yourself. The body needs activity and the body needs sufficient nourishment. Your personal health should be of utmost importance because without your own health, how will you be able to serve others and give others your best?
So what’s the key to keeping up with an exercise routine over the course of a lifetime?
Here are some helpful tidbits to keep you on track:
- Find something you can enjoy. One key to sticking with exercise is enjoying it. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always love being overly exerted and breathing so heavy I think I may pass out. But that also doesn’t happen every day. There are days when I am really feeling my workout and can bust it in the gym but what about the days when I don’t feel so great? Onto number 2…
- Just go move. When I don’t feel the greatest, when I can’t find the time to actually get to the gym, I just try to find something that is active that I can do. This could be so many things…go for a walk, do some push-ups, sit-ups, squats, do a few sprints, yoga, dance, Youtube a quick workout, etc.
- Find accountability in someone or something. Having someone to report to or writing down your activity can help to keep you on track and staying consistent. When we write down our goals, we are much more likely to stick to them and tracking your progress along the way can be a great motivator. Also, finding someone to exercise with or to talk to about your exercise can help keep you on track, too.
- Be active for at least 30 minutes. That’s it! Make that a simple goal. This can be broken into 10 minute increments and there are still benefits to it. As an example, you could walk for 10 minutes, do calisthenics for 10 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes. Or walk for 30 minutes. Just make it a point to be moving!
- Make yourself a priority. Keeping yourself healthy and making time to do so is one of the most important things you can do. Your health is valuable and tending to it is necessary. Schedule exercise into your day, if you are able to plan ahead. Strive for a routine of some sort, but also learn to be flexible with it, as well. Like I mentioned, if your energy is low on one day, just opt for a walk instead of a full blown gym routine.
Love yourself, y’all. 🙂 Exercise is so beneficial for the body and the mind…just start moving! Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not right on track or if you fell behind. Just keep going and keep doing something. Long-term consistency is what leads to long-term health! Healthy mind, healthy body, healthy life.