It is September and there’s a lot going on! With holidays, school starts and stops and all sorts of festivities on the horizon, the Buzz on the Beacon street this week is all about making the best of when your schedule is out of your control. How’s a Buddy to survive with the family, travel, and events that come adding on to our already busy lives? Here’s some quick and dirty Beacon tips!

BYOC – This one is specific to the Sugarfree Superstarts about to break the fast on Wednesday: Bring Your Own Carb. Those bagels and bialys can look mighty tempting when the only alternative is to eat them on a tomato (although that is DELISH!)! Bringing Beacon carb faves like Mary’s Gone Crackers or Wasa Crisps – that are easy to grab-and-go – makes this event soooooo much easier. Quick tip: bring some for everyone – you’d be surprised how many people are grateful for the white flour alternative!  #thegiftthatkeepsongiving

PLAN. You may think that the skill of planning is the only one I have in my arsenal, given how many times it is on my tip list. Not true. It’s simply that it’s the most important and the most effective skill I know of! And I’ve sat around too many times listening to Buddies who had binges, bites, licks and tastes in the name of not throwing some nuts or a protein bar in their bag, or not asking ahead about what the crew is going to do for lunch or dinner. Knowing your roadmap when the schedule is demanding helps keep your food in order and your life a bit less chaotic. The Marines have something when they say: “Fail to plan, plan to fail.”

Meal regulation. Hanging out at soccer games, or apple picking or Yom Kippur breaking of the fast – or or or – can really mess with your meal regulation. Lunch can become a bunch of handfuls of nuts and picks of cheese through a 4 hour period, leaving us confused and at risk for binging. Tacking on to your planning, consider thinking about the day ahead and how and where you are going to get your 3 meals and a snack. It may not be the prettiest of times – I’ve had many a to-go-sweetgreen salad for lunch heading to festivities or almond butter sandwich for breakfast on a train to family affairs – but what tastes best is staying true to your plan. #cheesybuttrue

The best way to get our recoveries strong is to do it TOGETHER!! Join me on Beacon’s Facebook Page for our Beacon Buzz Afterparty on FB LIVE – 8:30 tonight. I cannot WAIT see you there or watch the replay – and please leave me comments – I love to hear what’s up! In all cases, I can’t wait to see you!

Do you or someone you love need help, guidance and support with your struggles with food and weight? If you do, we’ve got you! Get in touch to schedule a 20 minute strategy session with me. Beacon can help in all sorts of ways – including our new E-SERVICES for those of you outside the NYC metropolitan area.

And always stay in touch – your Beacon team wants to know what’s up!  Shoot us an email and let us know all the things!

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