February 19, 2020
Busy professionals cannot waste a single second of their day. Between work, school, kids, and everything in between, eating healthy becomes a secondary concern in your life. Most of the time, the easiest thing to do is sacrifice our health – and we put to sleep, healthy eating, and/or fitness on the back burner. So you run down to the cafeteria, grab the easiest and quickest thing to eat, and run back to the office for a working lunch. Even when you get home, you probably are so tired you just call up the usual takeout. Unfortunately, these poor eating habits lead to feeling tired, increase stress and weaken the immune system.
The good news is that you still can manage to eat healthily and you don’t need much time to do it. Here are a few tips on how to eat healthy when you are super busy:
It’s much easier to eat healthier if you only have healthy foods to choose from. Experts recommend spending most of your time in the outer sections of the grocery store when shopping for food. Buy more Vegetables, Fruits, Dairy, Meat, Poultry, and Eggs and avoid the packaged, preservative-filled foods in the center aisles. Without good nutrition, our bodies fall prey to illness, fatigue and low energy.
Breakfast skipping has been linked with an increase in obesity and diabetes risks, as well as morning moodiness and a decrease in energy. Food is the fuel of the bod and you simply need fuel to run and work properly.
Here are a few quick, healthy breakfast ideas you can put together in the morning or in advance. By prepping your breakfast, it is unlikely for you to go to the cafeteria and grab a high-calorie muffin and a sugary coffee to eat and drink. Choose wisely!
One of the best things you can do is prepare snacks and meals for your week over the weekend. Instead of planning to make dinner after work every day, find out two hours to cook on a Sunday night, and simply scale the recipe up to make several meals at once to enjoy later in the week. Here are a few healthy snacks that take no time.
Don't forget to purchase refrigerate and microwave friendly plastic or glass containers, Mason Jars and Zip Top bags to make your meal prepping easy. Simply pick up your breakfast, lunch and snacks each morning on the way out the door.
Most restaurants have a menu that designates healthier options. There are ample ways to cut calories and stay healthy while eating out. Choose grilled or baked options instead of fried to reduce grease and amount of fat.
When Ordering a salad, be mindful of fatty toppings and dressings. Ask for dressings and sauces to be placed on the side or simply ask for lemon juice for a healthier dressing option. Ask for feta cheese, nuts and dried fruits for toppings instead of Cheddar cheese, Salty croutons, and bacon. You can also ask for those ingredients to be taken off.
A great way to inject both variety and convenience into your mid-day snacking is to sign up for a subscription service. When you don't have time to stop by the grocery store and cook, grabbing a pizza slice from a nearby fast food store can seem like the ideal solution. But for the same price as take-out, you can have nutritious meals delivered to your door. GreenMeal brings fresh food directly to your home or office. GreenMeal's snacks are perfect for keeping on hand when you want a snack. GreenMeal offers healthy goodies everything from crunchy granola and trail mix to apple chips and hearty peanut butter “cookies.” GreenMeal offers snacks for special diets, like vegan and gluten-free.
Whether you like the taste of it or not, water is an important part of good health. Try to drink more water regularly.
Feeding your body with good food is key for sustained energy levels, improved productivity and blood sugar regulation. Health and the pursuit of a healthy body are about balance and recognizing what works best for you and your needs. If you do give into a craving, just enjoy it…and try to do better the next day. If you beat yourself up about the occasional slip-up, that just makes it easier to give up altogether.
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