Filling the Void

When I started my journey to wellness over a year ago I was unemployed. What I missed the most about my job was the socialization, this was a major part of my life that was taken away from me. I tried to fill the void with food. Food not only filled my void for socialization it also became my comfort as I spent month after month looking for employment with no success. Food was in charge and was the only thing that made me feel better. Or so I thought.

When I started my journey to wellness over a year ago I was unemployed. What I missed the most about my job was the socialization, this was a major part of my life that was taken away from me. I tried to fill the void with food. Food not only filled my void for socialization it also became my comfort as I spent month after month looking for employment with no success. Food was in charge and was the only thing that made me feel better. Or so I thought.  

As a mom, I always tell my children that sometimes we need to make the best out of a not-so-great situation. I finally took my own advice in June and started to spend a few days a week volunteering. I wish I had done it sooner! I have been happier ever since making this decision. You’re probably wondering how this contributes to weight loss. This is how it worked for me: by spending a few days a week out of my home I am forced to plan my meals. 


I plan my meals for the following week on a Thursday and go food shopping for the items that I need on Friday. I put my food menu on my refrigerator so I know exactly what I am going to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. There is no time to think about eating something that is not on program. I spend Saturday cooking my meals for the week. I always make doubles batches of dinners and freeze the extra to be used the following week. My freezer is filled with labeled freezer bags of dinners. Snacks are also very important so I always pack my snacks in my handbag and always keep an emergency snack in my glove compartment.

Volunteering helps keep me in check and accountable. Why not try Volunteering? It is not only good for your soul but also good for your health!

66 Clever Ways to Keep Your Road Trip Healthy

From road trip food to on-the-go health hacks, here's all you need to have a safe vacation from city to city.

Summer is the perfect time for a road trip! But do you wonder how you can stay healthy with all the fast food and potential health issues along the way? Things can go downhill for everyone pretty quickly. Here are 66 clever and easy tips for keeping the trip on track for health and fun.

1. Pack Compact Snacks to Avoid Overeating

Reuse a cleaned creamer bottle or fill up a new tackle box with healthy bites like nuts, seeds, berries, dried fruit, and granola. This way, you'll cut down on multiple snack bags and boxes and won't over-indulge because you can only have a small handful at a time.

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