Healthy Eating for the Busy Lifestyle

Healthy options are ALWAYS a possibility- you just need to find a rhythm!

It can be a real challenge for busy people to eat healthy, nutritious meals. There is, of course, the biggest problem... time. Sometimes there just isn't enough time in the day for shopping, prepping, and cooking food. This means busy people often eat ready-made meals that are high in bad fats, salt, and sugar. Then, there are the people who eat out more than in. It’s most likely at a fast food establishment where it's quick and easy, albeit detrimental to your health, to forage a meal. It is possible, though, for very busy people to eat healthier. We inherently know that eating healthy is good for us but what 'healthy eating' might be is completely different from one person to the next.

So what are 5 ways that very busy people can eat healthier?

Always have breakfast -

Breakfast, when done right, is the most important meal of the day

This is often the most skipped meal in the day, but as you have heard a million times, it is the most important meal. Skipping breakfast can lead to weight problems and diabetes. So what constitutes a great, healthy breakfast? Eggs (your protein), Ultrameal shake or foods rich in fiber like grainless granola, fruits, and vegetables. Stay hydrated - A healthy body requires fluid. Make sure that you have plenty of water with you if your place of work doesn't have a water cooler. Drink water frequently during the day. You should consume half your body weight in fluid ounces. So if you weigh 130 lbs you should drink at least 65 fluid ounces. Try to keep the coffee intake down to 2 cups per day, max. Avoid sugary drinks like soda and juices.

Make Better Choices When Eating Out -

You can eat what you love- just pick the better options to have it make sense.

AVOID ALL FAST FOODS! It's ok though to occasionally eat at restaurants but choose the healthy options they offer. Many menus now have the calorie total for each meal and this can be a good guideline. If there are no calorie guides then stick to this rule of thumb: meats should be grilled, vegetables and salads topped with protein salad dressing is fine especially one with olive oil or fresh lemon. If you must have a dessert ask for fresh fruit. Stay away from bread, sugar, and refined carbs! You'll be glad you did. How great would it be if you didn't have to deal with the guilt typically felt after eating something you knew was bad for you?

Be careful with alcoholic drinks -

An occasional glass of wine won't do any harm. Some studies even show that a glass a red wine contains resveritrols that have many health benefits! What you need to remember that alcohol is typically sugar and calories. The overconsumption of alcohol can also have a negative impact on health in general. Follow the 2:2 rule. No more than two drinks, two times per week, a four drink per week maximum.

Plan ahead -

As a busy body, you will be used to planning in advance to get things done. You would never think about going into an important meeting without planning, right? Eating healthy requires the same planning. Everyone's schedule is different but it should be possible to reserve time in the week to plan for meals. Weekends could be good days to use some time to prepare and plan meals. Remember to also plan your snacks and make sure you have healthy options. Make good choices when you go out and shop. DON'T SHOP WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY! It's too difficult to make good choices on an empty stomach. Choose fresh veggies and fruit, as well as organic fresh meats. If you don’t have any time to shop you can buy groceries online and have them delivered to your home or workplace. This saves a lot of time shopping. We have some great healthy meal preparations and recipes at as well.

Learn Something New-

Cooking is just like other learning- you try doing something new...only with cooking, it's tasty!

One of the biggest reasons people don't eat healthier foods on a regular basis is 'it costs too much'. This typically stems from the person purchasing healthier meals already made because they don't cook for themselves. They don't cook for themselves because they weren't taught how to cook by their parents so the learning the task not only seems difficult but like an unnecessary use of time because they never got used to it.

Cooking is meditative AND delicious. When done correctly, it doesn't take long (less than an hour in most cases) and the outcome can be a reason your friends come over and like you more. Just take a second and think about the best cook you know. Most people naturally like someone who can cook because it brings people together. Get out there and try something easy at first: a salad, baked chicken, or chia seed pudding. As you get more confident, we know you'll want to try more!

Like and Follow us for more pointers and recipes you can try to impress your friends! The greatest part of cooking healthy foods is the knowledge that you're literally giving life to your family and loved ones, helping them heal and enjoy life to the best of their ability.

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