If you are alive in the 21st century, chances are you are a busy person. You are probably balancing a job, a marriage, children, probably even going to school at night. The busier you are, the greater the temptation to eat unhealthily. That’s because it’s usually unhealthy food that is quickly available when you’re hungry and busy.
If eating badly becomes habitual, you may find yourself facing a number of serious chronic diseases. These can severely reduce your quality of life and even cause premature death. If you don’t want this to happen to you, here are some ways you can continue to eat healthily, even though you have a busy schedule.
1. Get A Subscription Meal Plan
For the extremely busy, healthy eating is not beyond you. Several services have sprung up offering subscription kits to deliver pre-made meals or have the ingredients and recipes for meals and drinks provided.
You can essentially automate your meals without worrying about shopping, buying, or even when to eat. Your meals are delivered at regularly scheduled, predetermined times. All you need to do is eat them. No cooking, no meal planning. This is certain to save you valuable time even as you do eat healthily.
2. Be Smart About Buying Groceries
It all starts with how you shop. Don’t buy high-calorie, high-fat snacks. They may satisfy a hunger pang, but they will also make you pack on pounds over time. These days groceries have several healthy prepackaged offerings. You can buy and refrigerate these and eat them throughout the week.
When you actually have time to cook, purchase fruit and vegetables, healthy grains, and lean meats. Once stored properly, these should all keep well. With a little planning, they can be combined to create a variety of healthy meals over the weekend that you can store in Tupperware bowls to be eaten throughout the week.
3. Pack Healthy Snacks
Human beings seem to have an innate tendency to snack. If you’re very busy, you may be tempted to drop a few quarters into that vending machine in the hallway and get some candy bars or potato chips.
You can prevent this by packing healthy snacks that you bought pre-made or making easy snacks for yourself, such as packing some fruit or some cereal for you to munch on when you take a break from whatever keeps you so busy.
4. Don’t Eat And Work
When you eat while heavily involved in work, you don’t focus on how much you are consuming. This means you end up consuming more of it than you should. Dietary experts recommend that you should be more mindful of what you eat.
This means that you shouldn’t eat while you are otherwise distracted. That includes not eating while working. You won’t taste the food or be able to appreciate its quality. You should take the time to do this, as it slows down the eating process and keeps you healthier in the long run.
5. Drink More Water
Water is vital to the proper functioning of your body. Therefore, as part of a healthy diet, you should drink more of it. The problem with a busy lifestyle is that getting an adequate amount of water is one of the first things that tends to get forgotten.
Carry around a reusable water bottle and make sure it has your daily recommended amount of water on hand so that you can partake as needed. If you don’t like plain water, you can create fruit-infused water and carry that around instead.
6. Make Healthy Choices When You Eat Out
If you decide to eat out, several restaurants and food outlets offer healthy meal options. As far as possible, try to select from among those for your meal. These will likely be lower fat and lower calorie options than the items on their regular menu.
If you choose a regular menu item, reduce your portion size. Restaurants tend to serve food in much larger portions than is necessary. Consider taking the remainder home to have a separate meal later or as leftovers for the next day.
7. Keep Your Meals Simple
If you have a family, you may be tempted to make elaborate meals. This will take time away from the work you have to do. As an alternative, come up with meal ideas that are simple to make yet satisfying when consumed.
You can also have your family help you prepare meals. Leaving them pre-prepped ingredients will help them and you.
Now you have no excuse. Even though you’re busy, as you can see, it is easy to put together still healthy meals. All that is required is a little thought and planning on your part.