Monday, November 5, 2012

Be Prepared for the Inevitable Storms!


Many of us have been thinking about disaster preparedness all week - some of us are still in the midst of surviving a huge one and cleaning up from its effects.  Our city hall supplied each household with this detailed and easy to follow document on readiness ... I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. http://www.emd.wa.gov/myn/documents/MYN_Flyer-English.pdf 

In the pursuit of better health and excess weight reduction ...  though we have the our healthy Program, a dedicated Health Coach and a supply of meals, there are always storms and minor disasters that face us daily and in the months to come with upcoming holidays and social events.

Just like the natural disasters, the key is to be as ready and prepared as possible.  Share your secrets with me!  What helps you feel prepared?  Here are a few of my tricks:
  • Have extra foods on hand - I never want to run out because of interrupted online access or slow shipping.
  • Consider having a full boxes of meal replacements stored at home or office to share with others when food supplies are disrupted.
  • Put extra packets of food in your purse, brief case, office drawers and cars - at a networking event recently, the fare was loaded with fats and carbs so I emptied a choc shake into a cup, added a small amount of water to make a yummy chocolate treat and discretely enjoyed it with a spoon while others ate a heart-clogging meal and dessert. 
  • Keep extra bars and crunchie packets handy ... I keep them with me in case fudge or cookies call out to me at a holiday bazaar or party!
  • Rehearse what you're going to say when a favorite auntie sees you and says, "You look great BUT, you aren't going to lose any more are you???"
Boredom can be another form of disaster.  How do you keep your program interesting?  The key here is variety.  Here's a few comments from clients:  
  • Though I dislike the banana shakes, I made a paste of one and added one tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt to it this morning (this added 1 carb to my day) and it changed the flavor and was so tasty!  I've also made it with a dash of nutmeg and sprinkle of cinnamon. 
  • I'm making my program pancakes into a muffin - I put the mix in a little bowl and microwave it for ~40 seconds.  Then I top it with a little no cal, no carb syrup and one almond.  I've also topped it with a spoon of salsa and green chilies.  Last week, I sprinkled a tiny bit of Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning on the plain pancake - it made a great savory muffin!
  • Adding a spoon of curry powder to the program soups is very yummy.
Again, share what's working for YOU!!!

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