I have a ton of friends who chat with me, you know … there’s no way you can control your food intake and follow weight watchers, don’t even think about it when you’re busy, when you’re traveling! So they do what most busy people do, give up!
I am here to tell you that you can have a busy lifestyle, travel and eat healthy, while doing Weight Watchers. I’m telling you how to live a Weight Watchers busy lifestyle, without any affiliation with the brand.
I want to be clear that I’m not working with WW, I’m just a member like anybody else.
Since I resumed WW in September, I continued to struggle … but I noticed very early on … like anything else in life, it’s all about choices. Making good choices became my goal!
So not logging off my food here and there was OK for me, as long as I kept keeping track of my points by choosing first 0 points.
So I’m going to share how I do that and was able to lose 22 pounds in 7 months and you can too, even if you don’t join WW!
Let’s get to it:
How To Live a Weight Watchers Busy Lifestyle
Tracking your food intake
Until you master the list of food items which will be “0 points”, food groups are going to give you a healthy balance without messing up your weight loss goals.
So I kind of memorized a list of categories of 0 points food items, which I can always find everywhere:
New Weight Watchers Zero Points Foods
The new Flex and Freestyle plans now include lean animal and plant based protein sources like chicken, turkey, eggs, tofu, lentils, beans, and yogurt. Here are the new zero points foods for the new WW plans.
- Boneless skinless chicken breast
- Boneless skinless turkey breast
- Ground lean chicken
- Ground lean turkey
- Thin sliced deli chicken breast
- Thin sliced deli turkey breast
- All fish and shellfish (this does not include smoked or dried fish)
- Canned fish that is packed in water or brine (canned tuna or canned salmon in water)
- Tofu and smoked tofu
- Quorn fillets, ground Quorn, and Quorn pieces (meat substitute)
- Nonfat plain regular and Greek yogurt
- Plain soy yogurt
- Fresh, frozen, and canned beans and lentils that are packed without oil or sugar (Lentils, chickpeas, black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, split peas, soy beans)
This helps me pick among those items first when I’m traveling, because healthy doesn’t always mean low in calories. So I stay away from carbs – healthy doesn’t mean it’s good for my weight loss goals!
Let’s think for example: I love whole wheat bread with raisins for my lunch, I add chicken salad made with vegan mayo, sooooo yummy! I always find that kind of sandwich in airports too!
But I know that the brand I buy is 3 points per slice, even though I’m having a super healthy meal! So do indulge in that once a week, or at airports, fast meals, knowing ahead of time to compensate.
Knowledge is power when you’re on a healthy eating journey …
The myth about veggies and fruits:
Well, I love fruits, so I would pick a plate with all kinds at night to munch watching my favorite shows … healthy, good for your weight loss, right? Wrong!
Fruits at night will cause a spike in your sugar levels, so I only eat fruits now – plenty of them, before 5 PM. I love smoothies, too, so plenty of them, but never late at night! They are my best friend at breakfast, lunch & snacks though. At the hotel when I need to make choices, half of my breakfast plate at events is all about fruits and things like low fat yogurt and oats or sugar free oatmeal.
According to the Huffington Post:
“Whether it’s in a piece of fruit, your soda or a pastry, sugar is made up of the same two components: fructose and glucose. The molecular structure and composition of sugar molecules is the same no matter where they come from.
The ratios of fructose and glucose are pretty much the same in both fruit and table sugar. Most fruits are 40 to 55 percent fructose (there’s some variation: 65 percent in apples and pears; 20 percent in cranberries), and table sugar (aka sucrose) is 50/50. Neither type of sugar is better or worse for you, but your body processes them differently. Fructose breaks down in your liver and doesn’t provoke an insulin response. Glucose starts to break down in the stomach and requires the release of insulin into the bloodstream to be metabolized completely.”
So yes, fruits are great, they are zero points but that doesn’t mean you can eat fruits all day. No that’s not good for healthy weight loss goals. Again, knowledge is power!
I know beans, which are now 0 points on WW, make me bloated, along with a couple other vegetables like broccoli. So I have been avoiding eating a lot of:
All in moderation, right? I follow this rule:
One 3oz piece of meat, a large portion of green vegetables and smaller portion of starchy ones.
I basically removed dairy products out of my diet, my family loves it, so don’t get me wrong. Milk & Cheese are still super popular at my house, so I don’t fuss, when I travel, I just pick the fat free, skim options, instead of going crazy over finding almond milk or dairy free creamer or vegan cheese.
I DO LOVE vegan cheese, chicken fingers, fish sticks, burgers and hot dogs and my family has been occasionally eating vegan cheese for 5 months and doesn’t even know … my son actually asks me to buy more of those “yummy chicken nuggets”. YESS! NO, not chicken at all!
I love Morning Star brand for meatless and Go Veggies for cheese! I’ve tried many of their products and love them all.
Almond milk has been stocked in my fridge for over a year and ghee butter is also a favorite!
I use cooking spray instead of butter as well. EVOO and avocado spray are my favorites!
I noticed it also has reduced my bloating in the stomach area and I feel more energetic!
Word of caution, dairy doesn’t mean calorie free or low in points so, keep an eye out for that! I buy the low fat version of almond milk or cashew milk.
I use almond, cashew and coconut milk in most of my recipes and they taste creamy and so good! Here is one of my favorite Seafood Easter recipes, super easy and I use coconut milk in it: Shrimp Stew
Here are my tips to you if you are doing WW or you are on a health journey looking to lose some weight but travel and a hectic schedule is part of your life:
- Eat before you go
- Let’s say my flight is at night or mid day, I make sure I eat healthy meals which will keep me from buying unhealthy snacks at the airport.
- I buy healthy breakfast bars and bring them in my carry-on, just in case I feel hungry. If I must eat at the airport, I will chose a smoothie or salad first, if I’m still hungry, I then look for a turkey wrap or whole wheat turkey sandwich.
- Water is my best friend to keep my skin hydrated on the plane and during the trip.
- When you get there
- Whether you are traveling or having such and dinner events as a part of your routine, here is what I do:
- I assess the table or menu, my zero points come first, delicious choices to fill me up and which are guilty free.
I’ve never attended any events which were completely a disaster as far as options! So look around, you might find options which are better to keep your health and weight loss goals in check!
I always do!
Let’s talk desserts
I have a sweet tooth!
Yes, I love desserts, dark chocolate, chocolate covered fruits.
So what I do is when I travel I usually order dessert, take a bite and leave it. Seriously a piece of cake like the one above, I would have maybe 1 TBSP, that’s it! I craved it, had it and now I’m done. That easy! That’s my secret!!! My goals are more important than the mountain of sugar that dessert represents in my overall plan! That’s how I see it! So it’s easy to say no to most of it!
At night sometimes, I like coffee and something sweet, even when I’m home. So I grab 3/5 small dried fruits covered in dark chocolate or one or two squares of Chuao which is my favorite brand, and is not so bad in points.
Yes, I’m going there! Most events and trips I attend offer alcohol in abundance, so I know that Wine has less calories than whiskey and most sugar cane distilled beverages and beer, so wine is always my first choice. Proseco is my best friend! YES!!! But in moderation!
One glass, that’s it! 1 glass of most brands = 4/6 points!!! Knowledge is power, again!!
I don’t feel left out of the party! If they pour a large glass, I will only drink half. 3/4 oz are my limit.
Cocktails are usually packed with sugar, so If I do choose one, I try a martini, instead of the sugar packed ones!
The best thing about all that is that it’s second nature to me now! I don’t put the weight back on and have a lot of fun enjoying the events, which are a part of my job!
This is my meal at an event in Philly two weeks ago: grilled seafood and rice, large plate, only 5 Points! I asked the Chef to serve the lobster legs in lemon, EVOO sauce you see, instead of garlic butter and they accommodated my request! I had only half of the rice you see on that plate!
I’m celebrating my size 4 but it’s a work in progress! One day at a time of good choices! Living the life I love and enjoying Weight Watchers Busy Lifestyle type food, one bite at a time!
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