How to Eat Healthy with a Busy Lifestyle

by Carrie on August 30, 2012

Now a days everyone is on the go and we all lead busy schedules. Sometimes it is very hard to fit in healthy meals to fuel our bodies with the right nutrients. So what do we do? We go and grab things that like candy bars, cookies, fast food, chips and the list goes on! Eating these things can reek havoc no our bodies and our waist lines.

So what can we do to eat healthier?

Plan Your Meals
You need to sit down and plan out your meals for the week. Take a half hour on a Sunday morning to sit down and map out a plan for the week. The write out a list of things that you will need to get for the week and go grocery shopping.

Get Healthier Snacks
Fruits and veggies are ideal grab and go snacks. To make it even easier tons of stores already package them so they are already cut up for you. Also look for healthy nutritional bars. Look for ones that contain real food, Kind bars are a really great example.

Eat Breakfast
I must say I used to be very guilty of this one. That would explain why I put on a lot of weight through out the years. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and also the one that is the most often skipped, because we just don’t have time to eat in the morning while trying to get to work, drop the kids off at day care, it’s just nuts in the mornings.
Here are a few ideas:

  • Make up a fruit and yogurt parfait the night before and try using a Greekyogurt for some extra protein- Pumpkin Power Recipe
  • Make a batch of power muffins or pancakes on a not so busy day and freeze them
  • Make a quick smoothie with coconut or almond milk, throw in a cup of fruit, Greek yogurt for that extra protein, add some ice and blend
  • Homemade trail mix (whole-grain cereal, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, etc.).
  • Low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese with cut-up fruit or vegetables and whole-grain crackers

Pack Your Lunch Everyday
Packing your lunch everyday will help you to avoid eating out on the fly. When you get hungry just pull out your lunch and enjoy a healthy meal. You can make a simple sandwich the night before using whole wheat bread and lean meats. Don’t forget to put in some fruits and veggies.  Also if you have any left overs that would be a great option to. This will also help you save money too. Don’t forget to pack your snack, so you won’t be tempted to break into that naughty vending machine.

Bottoms Up
Make sure that you always have plenty of water on hand and close by. It is important that you drink at least half your body weight in ounces to stay well hydrated. Our bodies often mistake thirst for hunger. If you have eaten not that long ago and you still feel hungry, drink some water.

Take It One Step at a Time
If healthy eating is all new to you, just take it one step at a time. It takes time to figure out what your body likes and what it needs to stay healthy. It can also be very overwhelming to some people. Don’t stress if you screw up every once in awhile. We are all human and we all make mistakes.

I hope this helped some of you busy people out there. Do you have any more tips or tricks on eating on the fly?

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Carrie Symes is a Fitness Coach who strives to help others by giving hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally she is here to help you see REAL RESULTS!

 

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