Ways to Reduce Fast Food in Your Diet
If you find yourself and family eating fast food more than you would like, you are not alone. The CDC found that more than a third of Americans eat at fast food and pizza restaurants daily. Fast food is often low in nutrients and high in fat and calories, which can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
Here are 3 ways to reduce your reliance on fast food.
- Prepare. Proper planning is key to any healthy diet. If you often resort to fast food because you are simply too busy to cook, start planning and preparing meals ahead of time. For example, do you often spend your lunch break eating out? Bring a lunch to work instead. You could bring leftovers from your previous night’s dinner, or a simple sandwich and fruit. Preparing lunch ahead of time will give you more control over at least 1 meal a day.
- Keep It Simple. Maybe the thought of cooking an elaborate dinner after working a full day sends you running to your local KFC. Instead, find simple recipes you can easily prepare in 30 minutes or less. Look for one pot meals that reduce clean up time. Consider setting aside an hour on weekends to chop up veggies and prepare meal ingredients, so all you have to do is pop everything in the oven when you get home.
- Plan Your Snacks. Perhaps you are great at planning healthy meals, but you find yourself starving in between and snacking on fast food options. Snacking can add up, so prepare. Keep healthy snacks like nuts and trail mix in the car and the office. Carry cheese and fruit with you when you leave the house. Remind yourself that enjoying regular healthy snacks will save you from binging on fast foods when you are starving.
These are simple ideas to reduce stress around eating healthy. At KareBoost Health, we have many more tools and strategies to help you succeed in your healthy journey.
Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Karen to learn more about how we can help you and your family meet your goals!
Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach