Is your busy schedule keeping you away from eating healthy? When you are busy, it is easy to go grab something unhealthy to meet your immediate needs. However, regrets and guilt will kick in sooner or later. If this sounds like you, check out my 3 steps to eating healthy with a busy schedule.
Not enough time, is a common struggle and excuse that people have when it comes to balancing life activities and eating healthy. We simply have no time to do everything that we want. Personally, I have a 9 -5 job and then I workout for an hour (its a luxury, I know). By the time I come home, it is 7 o’clock. The question of the day is always, what am I going to eat? What do I want to eat? What do I have in the house? By the time I figure out the answer to these, it is too late… I am too tired and too lazy to cook. Often, I found myself snacking what is around the house, usually within reach. Fruit, yogurt with granola, can soup or frozen meals from the freezer… Whatever fills me up at the moment will do. Some people will make an extra effort and order take out or dine out but not all of us have that patience or time. Sounds familiar?
No matter what age group we are in or what gender we are, with a busy working schedule, we all struggle with the balance a busy life with eating healthy. You are not the only one. We often cheat ourselves and give ourselves excuses like “after today, I’m going to eat healthy again”, “this is my last cheat meal”, “I need to go on a diet”…
When we start to get off track after a detox or a healthy habit, how do you feel? Crappy. When we start to feed our body with “junk”, we notice an energy and mood difference. We are often getting tired easily and mood swings, which also affects the people around us. So what should we do? It is time for us to take actions.
First, let’s figure out what is keeping us away from eating health besides time…
- Maybe eating healthy isn’t the lifestyle for your partner
- Your kids want junk food
- Your friends don’t live the same lifestyle as you
- You are always dining out with friends
- You don’t know how to cook
The list could go on… No matter what the reason is, start your healthy lifestyle and the rest will follow. Not only will your lifestyle starts to improve, the people around you will feel inspired and be supportive of your lifestyle.
Second, manage our time...
- Plan your meals ahead. Find some time on Sunday and plan what you would like to eat for the week. Pick up necessary groceries from the store. Many of us often buy groceries without plans on how we are going to use it and when we start cooking, we realize we are missing ingredients. If you have all the ingredients, you will most likely cook it. If you are unsure what to cook, look up recipes online. Tip: put a sticky note on your fridge to remind yourself what you can cook this week.
- Plan your meal with your household. knowing what your household would like to eat, makes you more motivated to cook!
- Cook in batches. Cook a large amount of food that can sustain for rest of the week or freeze it. Sometimes eating the same thing every day gets boring and old very fast. You can modify the leftovers and make it more exciting. If you seal your leftover correctly ( to air for oxidation), you can eat your leftovers from Sunday for the rest of the weekdays. Seafood is not recommended to save for too long. If you do not have proper storage, don't eat leftovers that are older than three days.
- Manage your leftovers wisely. If you would like to cook daily, cook dinner. You can use the leftovers from dinner and eat it for breakfast and/or lunch the next day. You can modify it however you like.
Three, do it! Sounds easy right? Actually doing it is what is keeping up you from eating healthy.
- The common mistakes we all make is thinking we are eating something healthy when we are not. Frozen meals aren't as healthy as food marketer says they are. They are packed with sodium and chemical preservatives.
- Salad from restaurants is loaded with fat due to dressing and could contain more calories than a meal!
- when we are hungry, we often reach what is around us. Snack is your best friend and keeping the right snack around the house is important.
- Snack smartly. Snacking on the correct food is important. Especially our afternoon snack! We are taught to snack on food like banana, apple or bars... Wrong, simple carbs will give you fast energy burst and then you will crash again. Especially in the afternoon, we should be snacking on food that is packed with the healthy fat like raw nuts or avocado. It is satisfying while giving you energy that you need.
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