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Tips from the 12HH Coach

We're excited to kick off the third year of our 12 Healthy Habits program in 2013! Once again, Healthy Habits Coach Allison Fishman is here to share tried and true tips for sticking to each month's challenges and finding success at getting healthier--one habit at a time.

Healthy Habit#1: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Add 3 servings each day.

The Frequent Flier's Fruit and Veggie Plan Healthy Habits Coach Allison Fishman spends an average of 15 days a month traveling. Here she shares some of her tried-and-true tips for making sure your diet stays balanced even when you're on the go.

Go on an airport scavenger hunt. "Airports are beginning to turn out healthier options. Go to a Mexican place, and order a burrito. Right there, that's lettuce, salsa, avocado, corn, and beans. Other great picks: a California or vegetable roll with cucumber salad at sushi restaurants; thin-crust mixed-vegetable pizza with extra vegetables; vegetable stir-fry or steamed vegetable buns with bok choy, spinach, or mushrooms and scallions at Chinese restaurants."

Outsmart eating out. "Italian restaurants usually have asparagus or string beans as a side. You can typically find a plate of tomatoes and onions, pinto beans, or greens with pulled pork at a barbecue joint. Seek out those veggies. There are healthy options in even the least healthy places."

Rethink the brown bag. "Sometimes your only option is whatever fits in a lunch tote. Bring some soup to a simmer in the morning, and pour it into a thermos; when you eat it five hours later, the temperature will have dropped no more than 10 degrees. Or go for grain salads that don't need to be reheated, like a wheat berry salad with chicken, pesto, and red peppers, or brown rice with pecorino cheese, peas, and a vinaigrette."