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December 27, 2007

Eat Your Way to Energy

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"I nixed processed food"
ZANDILE BLAY, 24, STUDENT AND FASHION BLOGGER

HER OLD WAY:
"I used to skip meals and eat 'event food' like hors d'oeuvres and drinks. I'd leave home at 7 a.m., skip breakfast, and not eat lunch until 2 p.m. To save time, I'd grab a Snickers or a piece of pizza. I wasn't able to multitask or tackle my deadlines, and I wasn't as alert at meetings. Even worse, going up subway stairs was more of a chore than a breeze, and I noticed I was becoming rounder."

HER ENERGY FIX:
"I knew I'd have a hectic schedule and would need all the energy I could get, so I made it a point to have breakfast every day. If I'm hungry, I eat a healthy snack: bananas, apples, grapes, and cherries. I'm careful about what I consume, and I plan what I'm going to eat for the day. I don't overindulge at events — no amount of free drinks or cookies is worth risking my health. It sounds boring, but tasting fresh fruits versus processed snacks and eating regularly has done wonders for my energy and my taste buds — and I've lost 15 pounds! It's not always easy; vending machines and event eating go with the flow of your life, but I like how I look and feel now so much more."

HOW GOOD IS IT?
Zandile, like so many of us, was living for work, says Bauer. It's no surprise she felt like crap. But by eating right during the day, her blood sugar stays stable so she won't screw up her healthy-eating program at events. There, she can look for more energizing foods, such as chicken skewers, sushi, cold shrimp, or crudités.


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