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  • Writer's pictureTina Huggins

Where is OA when you need it…

Eating healthy at home has become a natural thing for me to do most of the time…but put me in an airport when I am tired and waiting for a flight and you would think I hadn’t eaten in a week.

Before I leave my house for a business trip I have a strategy…pack a little plastic bag with carrots, a healthy sandwich and apple so I won’t be temped at the airport. I am so proud when I get to my destination unscathed by Cinnabon, Starbucks, Edy’s or the Burger King counters at the airport!

Coming home is a totally different issue. There is no strategy, no little baggie….just the end of the day. I am tired, there’s a flight to wait for and there they are, just waiting for that person who has stopped at one too many Cinnabon’s, the couple needing to quiet the screaming child, the military men and women thrilled to have an American meal, the business man who won’t be home for dinner and ME!

Why is it that low-fat yogurt or fresh fruit never look that good when you are tired…my hormones seem to lead me directly to Edy’s ice cream to check out the sugar-free… (Do they even have sugar-free?)…if I successfully pass up the big boys I  find myself at the news stand….do they have to carry the large bag of M&M’s or Butterfingers…Could this be why we are an obese nation?

My daughter and I talked about how most of the time  we wouldn’t even eat the candy in those shops….Do we think those calories are invisible?…I sometimes waiver and indulge only for the moment….the taste, the flavor, and the comfort all seem to make it worth it, until time passes, and it shows up on my hips….not a good thing.

Challenge: If you have the same problem in an airport:

1. Pack a coming and going baggie of healthy snacks

2. Commit to low-fat yogurt and fruit only in the airport

3. Pack some sugar-free gum in your purse or pocket.

4. Drink lots of water

5. Don’t look left or right as you walk down the concourse!

After all we are what we eat!

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