"If I’m starved and don’t have a second to spare, I’ll dash into Starbucks and order a 100- calorie Grande Caffè Misto with soy milk and a small pack of almonds to tide me over. "
—GENEVIEVE MONSMA, BEAUTY DIRECTOR
DO HEALTHY TAKEOUT
"On those days I’m feeling drained, I make a point of ordering lunch from a health food restaurant. They serve only good-for-you meals, like big salads and whole-wheat hummus pitas, so making a smart choice is a no-brainer."
—ANNIE HONG, ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR
FIT IN EXERCISE
“When I’m too tired to hit the gym at night, I strike a bargain with myself. I can curl up with The Offi ce, but only if I exercise during the commercials. Every few minutes, I hop off the couch to do crunches, push-ups, or jumping jacks.”
—MARISSA STEPHENSON, ASSISTANT EDITOR, FITNESS AND HEALTH
FIND A PARTNER
“I adopted a dog. Even if I think I’m too busy for a walk, I take one because she needs to go out. It’s funny how we can always make time for some exercise.”
—JANE SEYMOUR, ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR
"I often have morning business meetings at a diner near the offi ce. It’s almost im possible not to overdo it—even egg white omelets come bathed in grease. For the ultimate healthy meal, I order the eggs Benedict sans hollandaise sauce and substitute fruit salad for home fries. It costs $1 extra, but the fee is worth the calories saved."
—AMANDA PRESSNER, SENIOR EDITOR, NUTRITION
"If I know I have to work late, I’ll pack a sandwich for dinner instead of ordering takeout. My turkey, lettuce, and cheese may not be the most exciting meal, but it keeps me from inhaling a carton of kung pao chicken"
—KRISTEN MAXWELL, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
CHECK YOUR HUNGER
“Time flies on hectic days, so it can be 2:30 p.m. before I realize I’m starving. To prevent this from becoming a habit, I use a “rule of six.” I measure my hunger on a level from one to 10, with 10 being famished, and have a snack by the time I reach six. This helps ward off stress-related eating too.”
—MISTY HUBER, CONTRIBUTING FASHION EDITOR
PREP AND GO
"My on-the-run breakfast standby used to be a muffin, but I’ve discovered a healthier alternative: Before bed, I toss nonfat yogurt, a banana, berries, and vanilla soy milk in the blender and pop the whole thing in the fridge. All I have to do in the morning is hit the button and pour it in my to-go container. It’s a tasty way to sneak in protein and fruit."
—SHARON LIAO, SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR, HEALTH