Maintain nutritional mission control

March 25, 2019

The Mars-exploring spacecraft InSight made a 300-million-mile journey that was artfully guided by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. After six months of speeding through space at 6,200 mph, a controlled six-minute descent placed the fully functional spacecraft on the Martian surface.

Well, we’re here to help guide you, so when you’re on the go, you can make sure you not only survive but thrive during your long day’s journey from home to gym, to kids’ school, to work, to store, back to work and home. All you need is a little mission control over your diet.

Your mission goals?

• Be prepared for food deserts.

• Never get famished.

• Eat healthy snacks.

• Stay hydrated.

• Schedule mealtimes.

Your solutions?

1. Always bring along healthy snacks. Tote them in your backpack, briefcase or carryall: 2 ounces of walnuts, a piece of fruit (apple, banana), hummus packaged with veggie dippers and a bottle of water. You want to give your rocket a boost with a healthful hit of fuel if there’s not a chance to eat a full meal when you’re hungry. And don’t forget to drink 8-16 ounces of water every couple of hours.

2. When you schedule a mealtime, sit down and eat a salad or grain bowl slowly, with no digital interference, no traffic blaring, no boss looking over your shoulder. A peaceful meal creates a peaceful landing, wherever your next stop may be.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief wellness officer and chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.sharecare.com.