Monday, June 05, 2006

Health and the Writer By Camy Tang

Whether you’re a writer who also works a full-time job or are a busy stay-at-home-mom, it’s hard to stay healthy. I researched and figured out a bunch of tips and tricks to help me stay in shape without carving out of my precious writing time. I also found some tips to help me have just general better health. Pick and choose which of these will work for you.

Eating out:

Most restaurant servings are actually two or three portions. Try to only eat half of what's on the plate. You can fill your stomach a little before the entrée comes with a side of steamed vegetables, a broth-based cup of soup, or a salad with the dressing on the side—that way, you aren't tempted to eat your entire entrée.

You might also consider ordering vegetarian—those dishes tend to be slightly lower in calories and fat. Since I eat out a lot for lunch at work, I try to order vegetarian when I can. The high-fiber vegetables will make me feel full faster than meats, and I found I don't have the afternoon food coma from a vegetarian lunch.

Another option is to order an appetizer for your meal instead of an entrée. If you don't mind sharing with someone, order one healthier appetizer and one not-so-healthy appetizer and split the two.

Limit yourself to one or two pieces of the bread and butter on the table. Also, make sure you have a glass of water or a water bottle with you and drink plenty of it to cut the edge off your hunger. Try not to order high-sugar soft drinks at restaurants, especially with their free refills. Before you know it, you've drunk two to three cans of high-calorie, high sugar cola. A good alternative is iced tea with artificial sweetener or diet drinks.



Blogger Lindasgentlemoments said...

I appreciate articles like this one on health. Sometimes we can become so involved in what we are doing that we forget to do for ourselves when it comes to healthy eating and exercise. I can be as guilty as the next one. I've enjoyed receiving your FeedBlitz, too. Keep up the good work.

7:21 AM  
Blogger Jim Thompson said...

One of my current struggles is changing my attitude toward food. Consistent with my changing view of food is my new practice of eating only when I'm hungry--hardly any snacking. But as Camy said, I need to work on reducing my portion size. And with spring in the air, I've been walking and biking more.

My elder daughter came to visit after a few months' absence, and when we hugged she stood back and exclaimed how much smaller I was than at her last visit. What a great feeling!

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

I'm getting your posts via Feedblitz and glad to learn helpful tips on staying well as a writer. Recently joined the gym for the mainly the treadmill, and lost 6 lbs on the Fat Flush diet. Gosh, it's hard, though. Thanks for helping us focus on taking care of our health.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Tricia Goyer said...

Congrats. I'm SO proud of all of you!!!

Personally, I've lost 10 pounds in the last five weeks. Eating better, exercising, cutting out the sugar.

Usually, I gain weight during deadline, but I'm determined not to this time!

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

congrats to YOU, Tricia! That's great.

8:50 AM  

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