Eating Healthy on the Go
By Julie T. Chen, MD
Now that the busy holiday schedule is over, you have all the time in the world to eat healthy right? Probably not...if your schedule is as hectic all year round as some of my patients. So, how do you stay healthy by eating healthy when your schedule is as busy and chaotic as ever?
Here's a few tips I give my patients in my clinic of integrative medicine in San Jose, CA. Before I move onto some healthy eating tips, the first thing I want you to keep in mind is that you need to make eating healthy a priority. It should be so incredibly integrated into your daily habits that you are doing it even without much thought to it...as you would with some of your other lifestyle habits like brushing your teeth, taking a shower, etc. You need to start to view eating healthy as a MUST...and not just a MAYBE.
How you eat and what you eat affects your health tremendously. See your food and eating habits as the type of fuel you give your car. If you don't pay attention to what you are giving your car, it clearly may break down or not run well right? That's the same concept for your body. You need to pay attention to labels as you would at the gas station to make sure you are picking the right fuel for your body as you would for your car. Then, make sure you don't over-eat or under-eat, just like you wouldn't overflow your gas tank or not give enough fuel to your car. Let's keep that in mind and start to really work on this as you start to use some of the healthy eating tips I'm about to mention.
As you can see, I am a huge fan of preparing food on weekends to eat during the week. The key is to keep healthy foods easily within reach so that you don't go searching for junk food. So, as you get back into the swing after the holidays, let's all ditch the sugary fatty holiday leftovers and start back on track with healthy food options that will ensure a healthier and leaner you by the holiday season of 2014!
Dr. Julie T. Chen is board-certified in internal medicine and fellowship-trained and board-certified in integrative medicine. She has her own medical practice in San Jose, Calif. She is the medical director of corporation wellness at several Silicon Valley-based corporations, is on several medical expert panels of Web sites and nonprofit organizations, is a recurring monthly columnist for several national magazines, and has been featured in radio, newspaper, and magazine interviews. She incorporates various healing modalities into her practice including, but is not limited to, medical acupuncture, Chinese scalp acupuncture, clinical hypnotherapy, strain-counterstrain osteopathic manipulations, and biofeedback. To learn more, visit www.makinghealthyez.com.