How to Eat Healthy When You're Extremely Busy
Have you ever found yourself at work so swamped that you end up skipping lunch only to over-indulge at like 4:30 in the afternoon after having spent the day hangry, distracted, and being less productive than you’d wanted to be? Well, unfortunately, you aren’t alone. Most people who work 40+ hours a week find it difficult to keep on top of healthy eating habits1.
So if you’re like me, and you want to try to get on top of good, healthy eating habits before January, then here are some tips that might help:
Meal prepping might seem like you’re adding yet another item to your to-do list, however this one is what you will want to do because it will have a great pay off. I personally, love the weeks that I manage to get meal-prepping in. It really takes a lot of pressure off. The best thing to do is look at your schedule ahead of time. By doing this, you can easily fit in a trip to the grocery store, plus time to actually cook all the food. Personally, when I meal prep2, I like to do all my grocery shopping on Saturday, then do the cooking all of Sunday. But it all depends on what your week is looking like and what you can realistically do. Not only is meal prepping great at saving yourself time during the week, but it also is a good way to make healthy options. For example, during the week I usually meal prep a really easy breakfast scramble full of eggs, veggies, and sweet potatoes, and I just stick my serving portion in the microwave every morning and enjoy with a little hot sauce and there I’ve just saved myself the hassle of cooking, the calories of grabbing something unhealthy, plus I’ve just nourished myself for the morning. Plus, meal prepping can help you reduce waste if you cook everything ahead of time.
Just like meal prepping, actually eating what you’ve meal prepped requires you to schedule some time. So just because you made breakfast for yourself, doesn’t mean that’s the end of that. It means that you now have to force yourself to get up on time in the morning so you can enjoy that breakfast. Same with lunch. Making yourself a lovely quinoa salad with grilled chicken breast is half the battle, now you actually have to schedule an appropriate lunchtime so you can enjoy it.
Don’t Skip Meals
Skipping meals does not equate health or healthy habits. It only leaves you hungrier. In fact, it can even have the opposite effect. Your body goes into starvation mode and you won’t end up losing as much weight as you think. Plus, when you skip a meal, that’s usually when you end up over indulging in an entire bag of Doritos, or ordering one too many appetizers with your Chinese takeaway. That is why knowing your schedule and giving yourself adequate time to eat you’re not falling into the skipping meals and overdoing it cycle. It’s a vicious cycle to break.
Switch It Up
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to eat the same boring meal over and over again. In fact, changing it up can have benefits. For one, your body won’t get used to the meal and plateau 3when you’re trying to lose weight or gain muscle. Secondly, you yourself won’t get bored and get that pizza that you’ve been trying to avoid. So when it comes to healthy eating, don’t think that you’re limited to a bland grilled chicken breast and plain steamed veggies. Healthy eating can be so much more than that. It is more than ok to add seasonings and spices to your food. Healthy eating is homemade chicken teriyaki on a bed of sweet potato mash instead of rice, it’s a nice vegetarian curry with brown rice, or a fresh Mediterranean-style fish. See? The sky is actually the limit so don’t be afraid to change things up.
No amount of healthy eating is complete without proper portion control. Large amounts of food can sometimes leave you feeling lethargic afterwards, which at work can make you slump and have low productivity in the afternoon. While there is definitely a rule to this portion control when it comes to unhealthy foods, it’s also the same with healthy foods too – too much healthy food can also have this effect.
Over all, being prepared with your eating habits can only help you rather than hurt you. While these tips are easy to implement into your life, you’ll also be able to see a difference in you being a happier, healthier version of you – without any hanger.
One of the most important things you can do (& that I do) is start your day off with a healthy shake or juice packed with all your essential vitamins and minerals. I recommend adding the NATURELO Raw Greens Powder to make sure you have enough energy in the morning.