We all know how difficult it can be to make healthy food decisions when you are surrounded by 'junk' food. It is damn near impossible to opt for an apple with some almond butter at snack time when you are neck deep in chocolate.
The following women know the struggle is real. These women spend their days surrounded by delectable treats and offer you these tips to help you stay the course when it comes to your diet:
Just take a bite
"Tasting the product is the easiest way to slip off course," says Danielle Vilagie, co-founder of Wicked Good Cupcakes
. But she goes on to say, "you only need to take a bite. The taste doesn't change halfway through the cupcake." Her mother, and company co-founder, Tracey Noonan, recommends thinking about exercise as a chance for fun instead of a chore. "Personally, I hate working out," she says. "So I find time for activities like playing with my dogs or kayaking."
Build activity into your day
Darcy Wade, the finance and operations manager at a chocolate company Little Secrets
, likes to start her day with a workout. But that isn't all. She also uses a standing desk, conducts meetings and brainstorming sessions over a hike, and tries her best to walk around the office when she's on calls. Oh, and she also bikes home from work. If you commit to finding the time, you can find the time.
Maximize your snacks
Mindfulness is key to good snacking. "Mindful snacking in moderation has always been an important part of my diet," says Nicole Bernard Dawes, CEO and founder of Late July Snacks
. Pick foods that are going to give you an energy boost and make you feel better, not ones that will cause a sugar crash and make you feel worse.
Exercise in the morning
"My days are so crazy that I never know when they're going to end," says Dana Loia, CEO and founder of Dana's Bakery
. "But the one thing I can control is getting up early to fit a workout in." Dana likes to surf or snowboard but when she's unable to do that, she checks out local boutique classes. Check fitness classes in your area, you'd be shocked at how many offer sessions before the workday begins.
Find a buddy
Sisters and Katherine Berman and Sophie LaMontagne, co-founders of Georgetown Cupcakes,
reached their weight loss goals together by walking and eating more balanced diets. "Having a buddy who can be your support system through this journey makes a huge difference," Katherine said.
Allow for splurges
If you have a solid healthy diet as a base, you can allow for the odd splurge. "Enjoying food is one of the great sensual pleasures we have as humans," says Debra Music, chief marketing officer at Theo Chocolates
. "So don't judge yourself if you overeat. Just press reset and move in the direction you want to go." As long as what you eat most of the time is nutrient dense and balanced, the odd chocolate won't hurt you.
Do you find yourself surrounded by junk food more often than not? What tips and tricks to you use to keep your diet on track?
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