Guest Post: Bites of the Apple

Good morning!

As I work diligently away on my FE exam, I figured I would leave you with a fun guest post! These girls have some great running tips!

Enjoy, I will be back tonight! 😀

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Thanks to Megan for allowing us to do a guest post on her blog!! We love reading about your adventures and are so glad you’re feeling better!

We (Felicia and Megan) started Bites of the Apple because we thought that it would be fun and a great way to share how we try to stay fit and healthy and encourage each other along the way. We have been friends since freshman year of college and currently live together in NYC. We’ve bonded over a ton of different things but recently, we’ve grown closer over our mutual love of running.

Megan ran competitively in high school and college and is training for the Disney Marathon. Felicia played lacrosse and only started running regularly a few months ago, but is now considering signing for a half marathon early next year. 

We pulled together a Q&A to highlight some things we’ve learned from each other along the way. Enjoy!

 

Felicia: I really value snazzy equipment and looking like a professional runner even though I’m not. Are their any running-related hidden gems that I should know about?

Megan: I’d say my two absolute favorite hidden gems are Body Glide and technical socks.

  • Body Glide: This stuff is seriously magical, and nothing works quite like it. You can literally put it anywhere, and it prevents blisters and chafing. If you’ve never had a problem with chafing, wait until you get up to 10 or 12 miles (or the temperatures get up to 80 degrees) and you’ll be glad you’ve heard of it. In the mean time, slather that stuff on your feet to prevent blisters like nobody’s business.
  • Technical Socks: You always hear about the importance of getting fitted for the right shoes, and replacing them frequently (which IS very important. Seriously, go do it now). But socks are always more of an after thought. If you’re prone to blisters, or just value foot comfort, socks made of technical material (think: not cotton) are the best invention ever. You might hesitate to spend six or seven dollars on a pair of socks, but it is SO worth it. I like Nike and Asics the best, but they have TONS of different ones at your local running store.

Megan: Speaking of hidden gems, I see you running on the treadmill a lot. As it starts to get colder (and darker) in NYC, I see more treadmill running in my future. Do you have any secret tricks to get you through those miles on the treadmill?

Felicia: When I first started running, I viewed the treadmill as a modern day torture device. Here are my coping mechanisms:

  • Mind games: I only look at the time after a certain number of songs have passed. I’ve gotten up eight to ten songs! Big victory.
  • TV: I started bringing in two sets of headphones – one to listen to music and one for the TV (they don’t work without them). It sounds a little crazy but it’s double distraction!
  • Intervals: Intervals are great on the treadmill because they help increase your speed and make the time fly by! For example, run at one speed for three minutes and then a faster speed for two – then repeat for however long you want. Yes, you are looking at the clock, but at least for me, it makes my runs on the treadmill a lot more enjoyable!

Felicia: I know you always see me on the treadmill, but I was super psyched to get my Nike+ and use it this past weekend. I would rarely run outside because I hated not knowing my time and distance. I definitely now realize that this was silly. What is a good way for runners to figure out some sweet stats about their run without a Nike+ or Garmin?

  • Minutes Not Miles: Think in terms of minutes, not miles. Shoot for a specific number of minutes, and run at a pace that feels comfortable where you could keep up a conversation. Add five or ten minutes when you want to go longer, and pick up the pace to mix it up if you want, but keep the focus on minutes.
  • Map My Run: If you do want to know your pace, use sites like mapmyrun.com to map out your route beforehand. Then use a simple digital watch to time yourself and you can figure out your average pace. If you’re really crazy, you can even write reminders to yourself on a post it (or your hand…) of where each mile marker is, and modify your pace accordingly.
  • Tradmill/Track: If you really can’t enjoy running without knowing pace and distance, run on the treadmill or find a track, or spring for a Garmin or Nike+. However, try your hardest to chill out, at least on some runs. Running shouldn’t be so stressful!

Megan: I love running with a buddy, but I don’t want to be annoying to new runners or, even worse, turn them off of running entirely! Do you have any tricks of how to be a good running buddy?

Felicia: I think having a good running buddy is priceless. For beginner runners, this person can encourage and motivate you. Here are some tips for experienced runners who offer to run with someone who is less experienced:

  • DO chat during the run. This will help you assess how they are doing and will help take their minds off of the run.
  • DON’T ask how they are doing frequently, aka every two seconds!
  • DO try to run a step behind so they can set the pace. DON’T let them notice.
  • DO be understanding if they get a little cranky – it happens! Or it could just be me. 😉
  • DO gently encourage, unless you know for an ABSOLUTE fact that they want to be pushed harder.
  • DO enjoy it – It’s always better to have a friend!

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to check us out at Bites of the Apple!

-Felicia and Megan

Guest Post: Julie from Savvy Eats!

Good morning!

I’m heading down South for my stepbrother’s wedding today, so I’m leaving you with another guest post! Julie is another engineering student, and we both have a lot in common.

I’ll be back tonight with a wedding recap. I’m so excited!!

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Hello!  This is Julie, from Savvy Eats.  Megan’s blog is one of the first I added to my blog roll; we are both engineering students graduating in May!  As a busy student, I’m often away from home for 8+ hours at a time, so today I’m here to share some of the snacks & meals that I pack when I’m on-the-go!

Note:  In addition to these meal ideas, I always pack some fruit, bars, nuts, dried fruit, or trail mix, etc as sides or snacks!

1. Sandwiches and Wraps:

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These are so easy to throw together on your way out the door, and pretty much anything goes!  Just mix and match the following:

The Outside:

  • Sandwich Thins
  • Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • Whole Grain Bread
  • Bagel
  • Whole Wheat Pitas
  • Nori or Corn Tortillas for a gluten-free wrap

The Filling:

  • Hummus, Veggies & Nuts
  • Leftovers! (The pictured wrap contains spinach, hummus, walnuts and leftover rutabaga fries, for instance.)
  • Cut-up veggie burgers or shredded meat with cheese and veggies
  • Nut butter with some combo of the following:
    • Jelly
    • Honey
    • Pumpkin Butter (my fave!)
    • Fruit slices

One of my favorite combos?  A sandwich thins with almond butter, pumpkin butter, and apple slices.  To die for!

2.  Veggies with Dip!

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Pack a container of whatever veggies you like to eat raw.  I usually go with carrots, green beans, or bell peppers.  Snap peas would be good, too. 

Pack a side of your favorite dip.  I often go with hummus, baba ganoush, or nut butter!

3.  Parfaits

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This one is super easy, but is not recommended unless you either have an ice pack, or plan on eating this meal relatively early in the day.  Otherwise, your yogurt will be all runny!

Simply chop up some fruit and mix it with yogurt in one container.  The yogurt keeps the fruit from browning!

In another container, pack some granola or your favorite crunchy cereal.  Don’t mix it in advance, because it will get soggy!

Don’t forget your spoon!

4.  Quinoa reheats really well, and can be made savory or sweet!  Personally, I love it sweet, and will pack it for breakfast!

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Here’s my recipe for breakfast quinoa:

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup quinoa

Heat the milk, water, and quinoa until it boils, then turn down the heat, cover, and let it simmer until it reaches the consistency you want. I let mine simmer for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with your choice of toppings!

Be careful not to let it boil over, or else it makes a hot, sticky mess. Trust me, I know…

Ideas for Toppings:

  • Almond butter
  • Fruit slices.  My personal favorites are warm apple or peach slices!
  • Pumpkin or apple butter
  • Sweetener: honey, brown sugar, or a mix of both (optional; I usually don’t use sweetener)
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg

Quinoa travels and reheats well, or can be eaten cold!

5.  Any leftovers that travel well, and can be eaten cold.

Note:  I have tried so many different types of containers that say they are “spill proof,” and they still leak!  So I don’t recommend packing soup leftovers when you are on-the-go, unless you are willing to take the risk of spillage!

Here are two recipes for foods that travel well.  Make them the day or weekend before, and portion them into travel containers so you can grab-and-go!

Roasted Veggies.  You can use whatever veggies you like.  If I’m going to eat this as a main dish, I like to include potatoes or sweet potatoes to give it a little more staying power:

  • 3 medium bell peppers, sliced
  • 6 c. zucchini, in ½" thick slices
  • 2 c. cherry tomatoes
  • 6 small potatoes, with skin and cut into chunks
  • 4 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 oz. parmesan cheese
  • Desired seasonings (I like to use pepper, granulated garlic, and a little cayenne pepper)

Preheat oven to 450˚F.

Mix all ingredients in a greased roasting pan or 9×13" casserole.

Bake for 60 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes.  Makes 6-8 servings.

That’s it!

This recipe from Whole Foods:  Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Sun Dried Tomatoes and White Beans: (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipeId=1998)

I hope these ideas will help you the next time you’re away from home during a mealtime!  Stop by my blog, savvyeats.wordpress.com, to get more ideas or to say hi!

 

What’s your favorite on-the-go meal?

Julie

Guest Post: Tracey on Goal Setting

Hi Everyone! I am so incredibly honored to be Guest Blogging on Megan’s blog.

My name is Tracey & I just started my own blog a few weeks ago at TropicalHappiness.com. I have been reading Megan’s blog for quite a few months now, and I have to admit that although I keep adding new blogs to my Google Reader, Megan’s blog is one of the four that have a special spot on my BookMark Bar for easy access! 🙂 What can I say, I’m addicted!

I decided to write about something that I think a lot of people might relate to. I have been reading healthy living blogs for quite a while, and I amazed at all of these athletes who run several times a week, sometimes 8, 10 or 13 miles (or more!) at a time. I like to think of myself as healthy & fit, but I certainly couldn’t do that!

I think that it is important, in a world full of runners’ blogs, to remember to not compare yourself to these other bloggers. These inspirational runners have been training for quite a while, and they have worked very, very hard to get up to their current mileage. You can’t expect to get there overnight, and you can’t expect to get there without a lot of effort and determination on your part. Although it is great to read these blogs for inspiration, you should not be down on yourself if you can’t run as far and as long. What you can do, though, is set up a plan to help you accomplish your goals. That is exactly what I have done.

I ran a 5k race a little over two weeks ago. I did not train for it due to getting sick, but I decided to go ahead and run it anyway. I created my own system of the Galloway method, where I ran for most of it, but walked where I needed it to recover.

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Since I didn’t train at all, I knew I’d have to walk, and I was happy to just finish the rae at all! Now, after running my first 5k, I think I’ve caught the bug! That afternoon, I scoured the internet for upcoming races. I found quite a few, since it is currently “race season” in South Florida. So I decided to set up a plan. This won’t make me run 15 miles overnight, but it might help me get to the point where I can run 15 miles in a week! And as I progress, I can change my goals.

There are four steps to my plan:

1- Define your goal

2- Layout a detailed plan of exactly what you are going to do to accomplish this goal.

3- Commit yourself to this goal

4- Decide on a reward for this accomplishment.

First, I picked two upcoming 5 k races. The first one is November 21st, which is five weeks from this weekend. The second race is January 30th, which is 10 weeks after the first race. I have set a goal for each race, but for this post, I will focus on my goal for Race #1.

STEP ONE: Define your goal

For Race #1 on November 21st, my goal is to run the 5k in under 33 minutes. Remember that this goal should be something very detailed and very specific. Do not set a goal for anyone other than yourself. Although I know that many out there could run a 5k backwards in under 33 minutes, this is a great goal for me, at this stage in my fitness training. I have not been running at all recently. I want to run more, but I know that I cannot compare myself to others. I can only compare myself to myself, and therefore I have set a goal that is reasonable for me! It was actually a little difficult for me to put this goal in writing out in the blogosphere, because I know that for so many people, this is such an easy accomplishment that they do most days without even thinking about it. But I’m not a runner. I ran my first 5k in about 36 minutes, with walking breaks. So I keep reminding myself that this is a reasonable goal for myself.

STEP TWO: Layout a detailed plan

I have set up a weekly plan that outlines exactly how many times and how many miles I will run each week. I can’t run every day, as it aggravates my knees, so plan incorporates cross-training on the elliptical machine, which will help increase my cardiovascular capabilities and my fitness level.

To me, this is the most important part of my goal-setting process. I cannot simply say “In order to accomplish my goal, I will work out more.” or “In order to accomplish my goal, I will run three times per week.” That is not enough. I must establish exactly when, where, and how much I will do to accomplish my goals. By laying out my plan in writing, I have specific things that I must accomplish each day. This allows me to stay on track, and it helps me set small goals for myself that I can check off each and every day. I am also determining, ahead of time, exactly when I will work out. I know that “life” will pop up here and there, and I will take things as they come, but by being so detailed ahead of time, I am making my plan a priority in my life, which will help me stay on track.

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STEP THREE: Commit yourself to your goal

I have just put together my plan in the last day, so I will be committing myself to this goal. I am doing this by telling all of you, and by posting it on my blog. I am also going to tell my husband, who is a big supporter of mine, and my parents. By telling others, I have created accountability. Accountability is very important when I commit to a goal. If I keep the goal to myself, it is very easy to give up on it when things don’t go my way. But if I have told others, it really pushes me to keep working towards my goal. So, right here, right now, I am committing myself to spending the next five weeks training to run a 5k in under 33 minutes.

STEP FOUR: Decide on a reward

I have thought long and hard about what my reward will be for this challenge. Although there are many benefits, liking becoming healthier and more fit, I wanted a specific, tangible reward. I’ve been thinking of several things, like a 90 minute massage at my favorite spa, a little shopping spree (dollar amount set prior to the spree, of course!), or a new purse. But what I really, really want is a GARMIN. I’m not sure that I will use that reward for this race. But I am thinking ahead to my second 5K that I mentioned above. I would like to run that 5K in under 30 minutes. To accomplish that, I would need to run faster than a 9:22 per mile pace. I think that is a HUGE goal for me, and therefore it would deserve a huge reward. So for now, I’ll save the Garmin as the reward for my second 5k. I am open to suggestions for a reward for my first 5K… any ideas????


Before I go, I’d like to thank Megan for this opportunity to do a guest post on her blog. I can’t wait to hear all about the goals that you are setting for yourselves. I hope this step-by-step process helps you!

Let’s hear it, MegaNerd readers- what goal are you currently working towards?

Guest Post: Pumpkin Please!

This guest post is by one of my favorite bloggers, Taylor! All the pumpkin-y goodness makes me drool at my computer screen. Too bad I can’t get out of bed to make any of it yet. 😦

Enjoy!!

❤ MegaNerd

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Hey girls (& guys?).  It’s Tay here from Taydor Tott!

Pumpkin.  You hear the word, you think Fall.  You think Halloween.  But do you think deliciousness? 

I do!  Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors year round, and come Fall, I’m so excited for all the wonderful pumpkin flavors! 

Here are a few of my favorite seasonal pumpkin things or recipes:

 

Pumpkin Smoothie

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  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2-2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • Cinnamon and/or pumpkin pie spice to taste
  • Ice
  • Sweetener of choice (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Blend milk, pumpkin, spices, ice, and sweetener in a blender. Top with whipped cream if desired. Enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Oats

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Cook oats on the stove as you normally would.  (I add 1 egg or 2 egg whites while cooking to make my oats creamier).  Towards the end, stir in 1/2 cup pumpkin, maple syrup, and bit of pumpkin pie spice.  Cook a bit longer to heat it all up. 

Top oats with desired toppings (I love cereals, granolas, and any type of nut butter!  Above picture also topped with pumpkin cream cheese).

 

Pumpkin Pancakes

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Ingredients
Makes 16-18 pancakes

2 cups WW flour
1 cup oats
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 T brown sugar
1 T sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 banana, sliced

In a mixing bowl, stir together dry ingredients. In another bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, milk, water, and pumpkin. Add liquid to dry ingredients. Stir mixture until well blended.

Pour 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto griddle. Place 2-3 banana slices on the uncooked side of each pancake. Once each side is cooked, banana will carmelize.

Top with desired toppings (such as vanilla chobani & strawberry jam as shown above).

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Food Network)

Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups (12-ounce bag) milk chocolate chips, not semisweet
Nonstick cooking spray or parchment paper

Directions
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray or line them with parchment paper.

Using a mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Beat in the white and brown sugars, a little at a time, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, then mix in the vanilla and pumpkin puree. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Slowly beat the flour mixture into the batter in thirds. Stir in the chips. Scoop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cookies are browned around the edges. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let them rest for 2 minutes. Take the cookies off with a spatula and cool them on wire racks.

Other seasonal pumpkin delights to take advantage of:

  • Pumpkin spice lattes (not only from Starbucks – but most coffee shops serve them!)
  • Pumpkin flavored coffee beans
  • Pumpkin bagels and cream cheese
  • Pumpkin ice cream and frozen yogurt (Ben & Jerry’s, Dreyers/Edy’s, and most ice cream shops!)
  • Pumpkin pies (duh!)
  • Pumpkin scones, cookies and muffins

I hope you all enjoyed my spicy pumpkin post.  Be sure to check me out at my own blog: Taydor Tott!  Just a college girl who’s interested in food, health, fitness, and FUN!  Oh, and pumpkin, of course 😉

– Taylor

Guest Post: Allison from Balance in Bites

I have another guest post! Allison has some great motivation and tips for new runners! My favorite tip is number 6!! 😉

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Hey there bloggers! This is Allison from Balance in Bites here with a guest post for MegaNerd.

Have you ever wanted to run, but told yourself, “I’m SO not a runner.” Or maybe you’ve seen a runner pass you by on the street and wondered, “How do people get to the point where they can run that far?” Well, in the past few months, I’ve gone from not being able to run for 3 minutes straight, to a oh-hey-whats-up-7-miler runner. A lot of people have been asking how I did it, so here are some tips!

1. Start out slow. I mean REALLY slow. This isn’t a race! If you can only shuffle along for 20 seconds before walking, that’s fine. Your first few times out will be tough, but don’t get discouraged! When I started out, I could barely jog for more than a minute. I kept going out a few times a week though, and eventually I could run for a longer period of time. It WILL get easier. But if you start out at a fast clip, you’re in danger of getting completely winded and discouraged, and you won’t want to continue.

2. Have a plan. If you don’t have a set plan,  it’s far too easy to say “Oh, I’ll run tomorrow.” Next thing you know, it’s next week, and you haven’t run in 5 days. It’s happened to me! It’s also a lot easier to get discouraged if you don’t have a plan – if you just go out and figure that you’ll just run as far as you can, you’re more likely to stop and give up after a couple minutes. I highly recommend the C25k plan (Couch to 5k). It’s how I started out, and the running/walking combination is great – very manageable!

3. Keep a running log. Jot down how far you went (in time, or in miles) and how you felt. This is a great way to keep track of your progress. Before you know it, you’ll be going farther and faster, and being able to see this progression can be really motivating. It’s a good reminder of how far you’ve come.

4. Invest in good running shoes. You’ll want shoes that are supportive and comfortable. My favorites are the Asics GT series. You’ll also want good socks – ones that fit your foot well and don’t bunch up or rub in weird places. The worst thing is getting a bad blister on a run. Seriously painful.

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5. Invest in a good running watch.This is almost as important as running shoes, in my opinion. It’s the best way to keep track of your progress, and to make sure your run/walk splits are accurate. Once I went out without a watch to do a run 3 min – walk 3 min – repeat, and I thought I could just figure out the time in my head. I ended up zoning out and walking for 10 full minutes.

6. Positive thinking. There will come a day, probably sooner than later, when you don’t want to go out and run. You’re tired, you’re hungry, it’s raining, the gym is closed, you have too many things to do, your muscles are sore, or you just plain do NOT want to go. Remember how good you’ll feel once you’re done with your run. Imagine that runner’s high. In my whole running career, I don’t think I’ve ever regretted going out for a run. Like Nike says: Just do it!

Some miscellaneous things I find very helpful for running:
Bananas! Half a banana is great for a pre-run snack. I try to eat at least a half hour before I go out. The potassium is great for staving off muscle cramps, too.

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2nd skin blister pads. These are a life saver for blisters that you might get. You can also try these ones, which are for little cuts and scrapes:

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An ipod! I love listening to good tunes while I run. It’s a great way to pump yourself up.

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Good old fashioned water. A must for runners, both before and after. You will probably be sweating a LOT. Make sure you get enough liquids back into your body.

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So yes, you CAN be a runner! Start out slow and build up gradually. Think positive thoughts. You can do it!

And to MegaNerd – here’s hoping you feel better soon so you can get back into your running shoes!

Allison

Guest Post: Lindsey from Sound Eats

Hello!

For those of you who don’t know me I’m Lindsey, the blogger behind Sound Eats. Megan and I actually didn’t meet through blogging, but we met years ago when we were randomly paired as roommates our freshman year at UCF. Ah, the good ol’ dorm days. 😉

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I wanted to share some healthy on-the-go tips, most of which actually helped me get through my crazy busy college/ dorm days.

  • Emergency snacks. The easiest thing you can do to assist your healthy life on the go is to always have an emergency snack stashed away. My favorites are Larabars and portioned baggies of raw almonds. You will always one or the other in my purse. Apples, bananas and sealed bags of veggies are perfect to throw in a purse or backpack, too.

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  • Water bottles. Keeping a large (BPA free!) water bottle on hand is invaluable. I love my giant 32-ounce water bottle because with the ounce markings on the side I can easily keep track of how much I’m drinking, and I only have to refill once to hit 64 ounces. Plus – water is free. And the cheapskate in me prefers to refill at a water fountain than drop a couple bucks on the same amount of water in a plastic bottle that will just get thrown away.

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  • Plan your meals. When you’re busy and on the go a lot of times balanced meals can be among the first to go when convenience wins out. When you do have time to eat at home, make sure it’s a filling, balanced meal. If you know that you won’t be home for lunch or dinner, pack your meals. Invest in an insulated lunchbox (hey, they’re not all dorky looking anymore!). Sure it’s an extra bag to carry around, but it’ll be worth it when you start getting so hungry that greasy pizza place starts to sound good.
  • Never lower your standards. Just because you’re so hungry you’re getting cranky does NOT mean it is ok to rationalize a visit to a burger joint or pizza place. If you live a busy life and allow yourself to rationalize this thought process once, you’ll be more likely to do it again.
  • Scout out healthy options at local eateries. When I was at UCF I always knew where I could go for a healthy snack or meal. Subway, a small Greek food kiosk (with awesome hummus and pita!), no-sugar-added fruit smoothies, Clif bars from the bookstore, etc. Just another tool to equip yourself to live healthy all the time!

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  • Fit in exercise in small forms. We’ve all heard it before – park further away from the store, take the stairs, etc. While I still feel it’s important to get in good, regular workouts, it does help break up your day to take the stairs, park at the top of a parking garage, walk instead of drive to your errands, etc. And heck – when you need a study break or are on a commercial break at night, fit your strength training in then! Push ups, planks, crunches, squats and lunges can be done anywhere without any extra equipment. Invest in a simple weight set and your exercise options increase dramatically!

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  • Take a multi-vitamin. I know a lot of people question mutli-vitamins, and I by no means have a professional opinion on the issue, but I always take a daily woman’s multi-vitamin. Especially when I’m busy or traveling, I’d rather take a vitamin to ensure I’m getting all my vitamin needs.

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  • Know yourself. I firmly believe everyone needs to know their bodies and what is good for them and going on in them. If you know your body, you will be able to tell when it needs a break or when it’s craving more protein or veggies. Or sleep! Sleep is even more important to those balancing a busy life! Know your body and treat it well – it’s the only one you’ll ever have.

These are all tips that can also be used during the upcoming holiday travel season, too. As a vegan, I am always practicing these healthy tips because not knowing what options may be available to me I find it absolutely priceless to bring my own snacks, meal bases and to check out restaurant options before I go there. This is helpful for any healthy diet!

I hope some of these tips can help out any of you who are as busy as I know Megan is!

What are your healthy-on-the-go strategies?

MegaNerd – feel better!

Lindsey