Monday, August 14, 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 junk food in moderation.

Notice I didn’t say to stop eating it altogether. Let’s be realistic here, there’s no way I’m going to go through the rest of my life without touching another potato chip. The key word is moderation.

Set limits. Use the junk food as a reward for good behavior, just like in elementary school. If you’ve exercises three times this week, you can have a bar of your favorite chocolate-caramel-peanut-nougat confection on Saturday. If you’ve eaten small portions of food all day, treat yourself to a Hershey’s kiss for dessert (which is only 25 calories, by the way).

Get it out of your house. Don’t buy huge bags of chips and bulk boxes of candy bars and store them in the pantry. When you treat yourself, make it take some effort to get that reward. For example, when you’re ready to reward yourself for exercising that week, make yourself drive to the See’s Candy store to buy that Bordeaux bar, don’t keep one in the house.

Camy Tang is a novelist also fighting the battle of the bulge. Find out more about her and her books at, or enjoy the read on her blog at



Blogger Rene said...

Another good column.

I substitute junk food with sugar cereals. Gives you the crunch of chips but usually with less fat and more nutrition.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Camy Tang said...

Cereals are a good alternative! I especially like Oatmeal Squares or Honey Nut Cheerios.


3:12 AM  
Blogger Tricia Goyer said...

I like Go Lean Crunch. That's what I eat in the morning with breakfast, with milk or yougart.

But when I work, I pop up SmartPop popcorn. I can munch a whole bag for only 120 calories. Works for me!

6:04 AM  
Blogger Jim Thompson said...

Ah, moderation--that's the key. Please note; I even spell it right. I still like the almond idea ... okay, I'll leave out the coconut and chocolate.

12:14 PM  

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