The Surprising Places Where People Overindulge

Everyday plans get in the way of healthy eating goals on a regular basis. At this point| you probably realize that sugar-laden coffee drinks and late-night calls to your favorite fast-food joint need to be an occasional indulgence. What you might not realize is how easy it is to rack up the calories during common day-to-day activities.

Brunch With Friends

You head to the table with the best intentions| but if you don’t stay strong| then they’re dead on arrival. There’s no reason to give up this weekend ritual| but skip the sweet offerings| ask for healthy substitutions| and| most importantly| don’t overdo it on mimosas and bloody Marys. Avoid tacking on unneeded calories and sugar to your meal by thinking things through before placing your order. Be smart about your choices| and remember: you don’t want to be left in a food coma and forced to blow off your afternoon plans.

Airport Layovers

With all the stress that comes with traveling| it’s tempting to beeline your way straight from security to an airport bar for a few beers (and whatever food is most fried on the menu). Not only can this lead to potential stomach trouble once you’re in the air| but also| it completely zaps your energy and leaves you less satisfied than healthier food choices. Whenever possible| arrive to the airport on a full stomach| and have healthy| airport-friendly snacks packed. When you haven’t had a chance to eat ahead of time or you’re on a layover| take a few laps around the terminal to find the healthiest options available. Don’t jump to order at the first place you see!

Networking Events

It’s nerve-racking to enter to a room full of strangers to chat about business and| hopefully| make connections. What’s worse than this anxiety? Relying on too much booze for false confidence and making a bad first impression. Limit yourself to two drinks (tops!)| and space them out throughout the night. If possible| head to the event after eating a healthy dinner| or snack so you won’t be famished ¡ª all those little free canap¨¦s and appetizers add up.

Solo TV Night

Staying in to catch up on DVR and emails is a responsible choice for nighttime plans| but it’s far too easy to chow down all night long. When staring at a screen with minds elsewhere| people tend to overeat without realizing. Keep screen time and mealtime separate whenever possible| and on nights when you stay in| cook a healthy meal at home! There’s no need to call in for heavy takeout when you’ve got time to spare.

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