Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ways to Eat Healthy For the a Busy Lifestyle

It can be challenging for busy people to eat healthy...I get it. There is of course the biggest problem; time. Sometimes there is just not enough time in the day for shopping, preparation, and cooking. This means that busy people often eat ready-made meals, which are high in fat, salt and sugar content.
Then there are the people who eat out more than in. It’s most likely at fast food establishments where it's quick and easy to get your meal but detrimental to your health. It is possible, though, for very busy people to eat healthier. Eating healthy will actually make a person more productive at his or her work. So healthy eating habits should be included in part of your work schedule.

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

Always have breakfast - 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.  "Egg Muffins" are a great grab and go option as well.  You can substitute egg whites and almond milk as well (or eliminate the milk all together).

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 limit your coffee to two cups per day and avoid sugary drinks like soda and juices.

Eat healthily when eating out - AVOID ALL FAST FOODS! It is ok though to occasionally eat at restaurants but choose the healthy options. 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 steamed and salads topped with protein, lots of veggies and oil and vinegar for a dressing.  If dessert is a must, try fresh fruit with whipped cream.

Be careful with alcoholic drinks - An occasional glass of wine won't do any harm (and some studies even show that there are health benefits like resveratrol in the red wines.  However, you need to remember that alcohol is just empty calories and sugar. The over consumption 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 that you have healthy options. Choose fresh veggies and fruit, as well as organic fresh meats. We have some great healthy meal preparations and recipes on this site.  Even the busiest people can take advantage of the many markets that sell prepared roasted chicken, to save cooking time and have a source of healthy protein on hand.

Eating healthy is a lifestyle and requires change many times.  Do one small change a week and see if you can fit some of these lifestyle changes into your life!