(NC)—Today's hectic lifestyle finds many Canadians juggling several activities at once, hardly pausing in the doorway of their homes when they return from work before rushing off to the next activity.
“We need to realize that eating well is a major part of a healthy lifestyle, not just an accessory to it,” explains Carol Dombrow, Heart and Stroke Foundation registered dietitian. “A balanced lifestyle includes physical activity as well as a healthy diet,” she adds.
However, finding healthy foods on the run is a challenge that is met with varying degrees of success. But there are ways of keeping your diet up to par whether it's your morning tea at work, or afternoon tee on the course.
When you are out and about, follow Carol's healthy tips to stay on track:
•Make easy healthy snack substitutions such as grabbing some dried fruit and nuts instead of a chocolate bar, or cooling off with a frozen juice bar instead of ice cream.
•Have a handful of dried apricots or cranberries or baby carrots in the car to satisfy your munchies during the commute.
•Plan ahead. If you know you will be eating at a restaurant, do some research ahead of time. Try to find the healthiest options around the area.
•Round out your lunch with a tossed salad, side order of vegetables or fresh fruit for dessert when eating at a restaurant.
•Bring a bottle of water or 100% fruit juice with you to the field, court or course to avoid the temptation of sugar-sweetened soda.