Monday, September 18, 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.

Don’t skip meals.

When you skip a meal, your body goes into “famine” mode and will immediately store as fat the next thing you put in your mouth. That’s going straight to your hips, baby!

Also, when you get super-hungry, you’re more likely to make a run to Micky D’s, or some other poor but super-quick food choice.

So eat at least something small for breakfast, or any other meal you’re tempted to skip. Load up on healthy snacks you can stash in your desk, in the fridge. Bring energy bars with you wherever you go, or stick some in the car glove compartment.

Apples, bananas, and oranges can remain at room temperature for about 5 days, so stick a few in your desk drawer, then bring the leftovers home at the end of the workweek to put in the fridge. Prepack baggies of carrots, celery, cucumber, or bell peppers—those vegetables will be fine if left at room temperature for a few hours.

Brainstorm for snacks you’ll enjoy eating that you can take with you or store in places you frequent.

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 Jim Thompson said...

Great tip. I tend to wait until I'm hungry to eat, then eat too much. Sensations of hunger and thirst are alarms that don't go off until the need is acute.

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