Tuesday, 15 June 2010
A New York Burger Please!
48 hours and counting... my trip to New York to see my girlfriend! Can't wait!
It's been 3 months since we saw each other and now I'm counting down the hours until I get there. I've been thinking about it for weeks, planning what we can do, where we can go and the sights we'll get to see together.
Don't you find that the most exciting part about a holiday is the lead up to it? That's when you can imagine everything being perfect, getting plenty of rest, eating great food and getting away from work for a while. The problem is we wish it away too soon, and before we know it, we're back to reality. Oh well, that's life!
Anyway, knowing what New York is like, with the temptation of big burgers, fries, milkshakes and big breakfast waffles, I've been extra good with my eating for the past couple of weeks - more so than usual!
I've been eating plenty of protein with every meal and lots of vegetables, to keep me feeling full, but more importantly, keep me away from sugar. Sugar is the number one reason people gain weight and find it hard to lose it again. Sugar keeps you in a state of perpetual hunger, and nothing can feed that hunger except more of the same -SUGAR! So, by eating protein and vegetables at EVERY meal, I'm staying nice and lean and I'm off the sugar-craving circuit.
The reason? Well, besides feeling better, sleeping better and LOOKING better, I know that New York will be a time for relaxation, eating, drinking and picking foods that I wouldn't normally eat, like the burgers, the fries, the muffins and all those heavy, carby foods that tend to make us all BLOAT.
By eating very healthily before a trip like this, you can avoid many of the excess pounds you might put on during your travels, and INSTANTLY feel the effects of bad foods when you do eat them, like bad moods, tiredness, fluctuating energy levels and gas!
Eating well before a trip will make you think twice about forever overindulging on your holiday.
To ensure you get good quality carbs in your diet before a trip, so that you don't go stir crazy trying to be 'carb free' (not good for ANY of us!), ensure you have oats for breakfast, mixed with nuts and fruit.
That should keep you going until lunchtime, with a small protein snack mid morning like hummus and strips of red pepper, or a rice cake topped with organic cottage cheese.
From then on during the day, your body should cope well with meat or fish and plenty of vegetables at each meal. Steering clear of fizzy drinks and sugar filled snacks will leave you feeling more alert and looking slimmer the longer you can forgo the urge.
So next time you're due to take a trip, make sure you 'pack' your body with goodness before you leave, so that it copes better with any overindulgence coming your way!