It's no secret that eating on the go can be difficult – and often unhealthy. There never seems to be enough time to sit down for a proper meal between work, errands, and taking care of your family. People are looking for fast and great-tasting foods to fit their busy lifestyle, and eating food on the run has become common. They succumb to fast food and forego healthy eating - they want to get their stomach filled.
But that doesn't mean you have to resort to unhealthy fast food options or packaged snacks. There are plenty of healthy food choices that you can take with you. Let's look into the effects of eating food on the run and how you can improve your diet.
Effects of an Unhealthy Diet and Food on the Run
A well-functioning immunity system is critical for the survival of an individual, especially a busy and stressed person. When you eat food on the go and choose fast food, microwavable lunches, and packaged snacks, you're doing more than taking a hit to your wallet. You could be increasing your risk of chronic disease and negatively affecting your health. (1)
The overconsumption of various sugars, fat, salt and calories contributes to the increase of immune-related diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. When you eat food on the run, it's easy to overload on these bad nutrients, and you can negatively impact your health.
Poor Focus and Recall
According to a study at the University of New South Wales in Australia, fast food can cause issues with memory and recall, and not just affect your waistline. (2) Junk food and fast food reduce neuroplasticity, lowering the capacity of our brain to store our learnings and experiences as memories.
Fast food and food on the run can cause your brain to become "clogged," making it difficult to stay focused. You may experience a decrease in memory, recall, and focus. A diet consisting of typical fast food could also increase the risk of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. (3)
Tips for Healthy Eating on the Run
Here are some tips to help you get through your busy and stressful day by making healthier eating choices.
Watch Your Portion Sizes No Matter Where or What You Eat
If you cannot avoid eating in fast-food restaurants, you should always choose the smaller versions of the products available. If you crave salty french fries, you'll find that just a few can satiate your desire - you don't need to supersize. The same goes for a burger, as it's often the idea of a burger we like, rather than eating the largest version possible.
When you eat this way, you curb your fat intake while lowering your calorie consumption and satisfying your hunger without going overboard.
Eat Fruit and Vegetables
You can carry fruits and vegetables almost anywhere you go, and their natural portability makes them ideal healthy snacks for people on the go. Make it a habit to always have pieces of fruit and vegetables in your car, office, or place of work. The sweetness can curb cravings, and it's much healthier than eating candy or chocolate. You can also opt for cereal or low-fat yogurt when you feel hungry.
Look for Deli-Style Fast-Food Locations
If you need to eat food on the go, seek out deli-style locations rather than going through a drive-thru. You can enjoy lower calorie and lower fat foods with submarine sandwiches, wraps, or whole wheat bread.
Take Advantage of the Healthy Sides
When eating at a traditional fast food restaurant, take advantage of the side salad. It won't be as healthy as a salad you could make in your kitchen, but a side salad still helps provide you with vitamins and fibers to even out an otherwise unhealthy meal.
Consider a Supermarket Run
Supermarkets and grocery stores offer a wide range of quick healthy food options. Instead of visiting a fast-food chain, you can pick up precut and individually packaged fruits or vegetables, sandwiches, and yogurt.
Choose Grilled Instead of Fried Food
Chicken is a great choice when eating meat, but the preparation method is critical. Plain chicken meat is fine, but most fast-food chains offer fried and breaded chicken. It may be delicious, but it contains very high fat and calorie content. Go for the grilled alternatives!
Water is the Way to Go
Always have water on hand with you everywhere you go. Keep bottles of water in your car or office desk alongside some healthy snacks. Avoid drinks with high sugar content and a lot of caffeine. Instead, choose the healthiest option you can drink, which is water. Water helps to keep your body healthy and can satisfy your hunger faster when you drink a glass with a meal.
As much as you can, before setting out for work or running an errand, think ahead and plan what and where to eat. Consider what meal options are available nearby, and search for restaurants or take-out with a wide range of menu items.
Take your time as you look through a menu to make wise choices. Steer clear of foods with names, including fried, buttered, creamed, or breaded. Instead, opt for baked, broiled, grilled, poached, roasted, braised, and steamed items.
Avoid the Mayo
The main ingredients of regular mayonnaise are oil and egg yolk, and they can add up to a lot of calories. (4) There may be a hundred calories per tablespoon of mayo, so go easy on the mayo with your next snack.
Super Boost Your Immunity
Your diet has a large impact on your health, and a diet consisting of fast food could harm your immunity. Eating fast food on the run may keep you on a tight schedule, but is it worth the cost to your health?
After following the tips above for making better food choices, you can also support your immune system with Healthycell's science-backed supplements.
Healthycell Immune Super Boost contains a blend of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals that support a healthy white blood cell count, activate immune cells, promote a healthy immune response, and support immune regulation.
Combined with an immune-boosting lifestyle (adequate sleep, a healthy diet, and proper exercise), Immune Super Boost can help support overall health and wellness.
You'll get complete and effective doses of vitamin C, vitamin D3, zinc, Echinacea extract, and Elderberry extract to support a strong and resilient immune system through the MICROGEL™ delivery system. You can take it straight from the pack (making it super simple to transport) or mix it with water or smoothies. The nutrients are pre-solubilized, making them easy for your body to absorb.
You would need to swallow over 15 large capsules to get the same effective dose of these nutrients from other sources – without the benefit from the ultra absorption that MICROGEL™ provides.
Sharpen Your Focus and Recall
Physical health is matched in importance by how well your brain performs. As you go about your daily routine, sharp focus can be crucial, and strong recall helps you carry out your work or errands efficiently and effectively.
Eating food on the run can lead to a lack of nutrients, contributing to lower powers of recall and poorer focus overall. Healthycell Focus + Recall can support your brainpower whenever you need it.
Expertly formulated by nutritionists and physicians, each Focus + Recall gel pack supports your brain for sharpness and concentration. This supplement is designed to support recall, mental speed, rapid learning, and alertness.
A proprietary blend supports optimal brain function with five systems: neurotransmitter support, phospholipid support, glucose and ketone conversion, brain blood flow support, and brain cell oxidation support.
Neurotransmitters transfer signals across your synapses, tiny gaps between brain cells. Huperzine-A, L-theanine, L-Tyrosine, magnesium, and glycine are science-backed nutrients that support neurotransmitter activity to help you avoid mental distraction and experience peak focus and productivity.
Research has shown that within 30 minutes of ingestion, there is significant improvement in mental capabilities. One 2988-milligram gel pack provides the same benefits as six large capsules of alternative products that you would normally need to take. And of course, absorption is improved with Healthycell's MICROGEL™ technology.
Produced exclusively in the USA, MICROGEL™ is also a more natural way to supplement, free of synthetic binding glues, fillers, coatings, and flow agents listed as "other ingredients" in many supplements.
With all the distractions of the digital information age, memory and concentration are shaping up to be the new superpowers needed in the 21st-century. People have reported an immediate difference in performance with the Focus + Recall gel packs. With confidence, you can travel light and carry a single pack around with you or pack a supply for your next business trip or vacation.
Support your brain superpower with Healthycell supplements, and don't struggle with food on the run ever again.