Celebrity Diet Tips
Cheryl Burke's Top 10 Tips for Eating Healthy on the Go
WITH A FAST-PACED LIFESTYLE THAT INCLUDES managing three successful studios and hoofing her way to two victories on Dancing With the Stars, Cheryl Burke, 25, is the first person to admit traveling is a dietary minefield. In addition to navigating on-set catering, fast food, and airline fare, there are the irregular hours. "Being on tour can be especially grueling," she says. "For six weeks, you're sleeping all day and hitting a new city nearly every night, so it's hard to maintain a consistent eating schedule."
To prevent herself from packing on the pounds, Cheryl has a game plan for every venue, from airport food courts to hotels. "That way I'm less likely to give in to temptation," she says. "And I can meet my nutritional needs without feeling deprived."
1. GO FOOD SHOPPING
"If you have a fridge in your hotel room, stock up on a few healthy staples from a local supermarket or Whole Foods. When I'm on the tour bus, I'll make a grocery list that includes salad, nonfat vanilla yogurt, lowfat granola, and organic microwavable soups."
2. EAT IN THE A.M.
"I used to skip breakfast. But now I know it gets your metabolism going and prevents you from overeating later. My go-to meal is an egg white omelet with lowfat cheese and whole-wheat toast."
3. PACK SNACKS
"I'll munch on Triscuits and peanut butter or cut-up vegetables. And I always have a South Beach Living protein bar, fruit, or almonds in my bag."
4. ORDER IT YOUR WAY
"I ask for restaurant dishes to be made with olive oil rather than butter or for them to hold the cheese. If they can't accommodate me, I find something else on the menu."
5. SEEK OUT CHAINS
"At airports I depend on Subway or Quiznos, where you can have a sandwich made exactly to your specifications. They also display calorie counts, which is helpful."
6. CHUG H20
"On a plane, at a rehearsal, or in my home, I always have a liter of Smartwater in my hands."
7. GO WITH THE GRAIN
"I feel better about any food choice when it's served with fiber-rich pasta or bread."
8. SIP A SMOOTHIE
"Store-bought ones can be high in calories, so I usually make my own, blending natural peanut butter, ground flaxseed, chocolate protein powder, and nonfat milk."
9. COOK AT HOME
"When I'm not on the road, I definitely make an effort to stay in and cook so I have more control over what—and how much—I'm eating. My new favorite dinner is tacos made with whole-wheat tortillas, ground chicken, and fresh tomatoes."
10. DON'T EAT AFTER DARK
"I know from experience that making late-night meals a habit can get you into trouble!"
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