Monday, July 17, 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.

Eat several small meals during the day.

Almost all physical trainers recommend eating several small meals a day rather than 3 large ones. Each meal should be only 200-300 calories, and you can aim for about 6 meals a day. This will keep your blood sugar levels stable and prevent a spike in insulin levels.

This is an area I struggle with quite a bit, but I understand that it’s important. I just have a hard time doing it because I lose track of time. I’ve thought about setting an alarm clock to remind myself to eat in three hours. I also don’t feel full enough after a small meal and I end up eating more. Bad Camy.

One way to help yourself with this can be to pack energy bars in your purse or stash them in the car so that you can munch on something at appropriate times while you’re running errands or playing taxi. Brainstorm for healthy snacks you and the kids can enjoy on the run, like peanut butter and celery. Also, be aware of your schedule and your tendencies so that you can plan on 6 small meals in your day. It might take some switching things around, but if it makes your body feel better to not have those blood sugar dips, then isn’t that worth it?



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