Savvy Tips for Waist-Watching Shoppers
Most of us shop throughout the year, but there is something about end of the year shopping that sends us into frenzy. We're making lists, and checking them twice, yet we still feel as though we are on a slippery slope with time running out. We need a game plan, strategy, stamina and snacks. We need them year 'round, but they're even more important during the holiday season when most of us are afflicted with activity overload.
1. The first step is to make a plan, and a list, putting it on paper or the digital gizmo of choice. This helps you to shop for items that are located in one area at the same time. You'll avoid repeat trips and can make the most of each shopping day. As you accomplish each task, cross it off-this helps you focus on what's completed and what's next. This will help keep you organized and minimize stress-being overwhelmed and stressed contributes to overeating and anxiety.
2. Before heading out don't skip breakfast or lunch, have a meal at home. This helps you control your calorie intake. A balanced meal with protein such as an egg, cheese, lean meats nut butters (i.e. peanut, almond or other nuts), and whole-grain bread, along with low-fat milk, water or coffee will provide plenty of energy. If your plan is to shop a full day, you'll be well fueled for a couple of hours before taking a snack or meal break.
3. Take single-serve snacks along such as dried fruit, nuts, cheese, popcorn or trail-mix. If you feel your stamina waning, you'll have a few items at your fingertips to munch on. Don't forget to add a travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer to your hand-bag-they are always a good thing to keep with you on any outing.
3. After three or four hours take a break. Try to choose a quiet spot away from the food court if you're in the mall. If your choice is for a snack, choose a nutrient rich foods such as a peanut butter sandwich, lean wrap, fresh vegetable dippers or crackers with hummus, fresh fruit with cheese or low-fat Greek-style yogurt. Try to avoid high-sugar choices that create a quick rush of energy or sugar-high that can followed by a feeling of sluggishness.
4. Keep yourself hydrated-when you don't drink enough fluids this can leave you feeling tired. Water is the best thirst-quencher; 100% juice drinks or fruit smoothies in 8-oz. to 10-oz. portions are also good choices. Avoid excessive coffee intake-too much caffeine will stimulate your appetite and may increase anxiety.
5. Take a brisk walk to the car to stow packages in the trunk instead of loading yourself down with too many bags and boxes. You'll get some fresh air that is rejuvenating along with squeezing in some extra exercise.
6. Try to avoid shopping longer than the typical workday-let's face it overtime at work or the shopping mall is no fun. If you still have tasks on that list, once you are at home and feeling more energized, this is the time to review the list and check it twice. You'll be ready to roll with a plan, stamina and wholesome snacks for the next shopping excursion.
The Take Away: To accomplish any task you'll stay on track for success with a plan, stamina and healthy food options.
Michelle J. Stewart MPH, RDLD/N, CDE is an experienced food and nutrition communication expert specializing in wellness with a holistic approach to living your best life. Michelle has been leading the way to a healthier you for more than 25 years. She is zealous when it comes to wellness from the inside out and empowering whomever she comes in contact with to take charge of their health and wellbeing. Her motto is "EAT LESS MOVE MORE" Sign up for her Free Report 10 Weight Loss Tips for Life when you visit http://thenutritionplanner.com