Skipping breakfast, working through lunch, grabbing takeout for dinner, or doing all of the above are common habits for those who are constantly juggling a busy schedule. The truth is, these type of habits really aren’t doing yourself any favours. Your body and mind need the right nutrients and fuel to perform at their best. When they’re deprived, you can experience difficulty focusing, lower energy levels, high stress, weight gain, and much more that can impact your overall health and quality of life. Thankfully, there are some simple and effective ways to keep eating healthy, even when you’re going non-stop. Check them out below.
Meal Prep in Advance
You’ve heard it before, and you’re about to hear it again — meal prep is the secret to maintaining a healthy diet when you have a hectic life. Start by determining your daily menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and then pick a time to prep so you can get it all done the night before or even for the entire week. Being pressed for time in the mornings is usually the main reason we forget to grab food or don’t make any at all.
Choose Healthier Options When Eating Out
Of course, there will always be days when you need to meet with clients for lunch or pick up food when you’re out. It’s an inevitable part of life. Lucky for you, there’s almost always a few good healthy options to choose from on menus. Try to choose the side salad over fries, grilled instead of fried, and wholesome ingredients like a sandwich instead of fast food.
Plan Your Grocery Shopping
Choose a day and time each week to grocery shop that’s most convenient with your schedule. Not having food at home can make it all too easy to order in. Schedule it in your calendar if necessary and make a list according to what you need for your new and improved meal plan.
Have Healthy Grab & Go Snacks
Snacking is often when most of our bad eating habits emerge. But instead of reaching for a bag of chips, have some healthier grab and go snacks on hand to help your squash those cravings. Things like kale chips, nuts, and fruits and veggies will curb your hunger, keep you full for longer, and provide the nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy.
Drink More Water
It doesn’t matter if you prefer the taste of soda or coffee, water is an integral part of maintaining good overall health. To help you remember to stay hydrated, bring along a water bottle with you throughout the day or keep one at the office to get in those eight glasses per day.