If you’re like most people, you’ve probably had a desire to eat healthy but found yourself declaring, “I just don’t have the time!” We’ve all been there. Trying to balance careers, parenting, school or daily responsibilities sometimes makes it feel like there are just not enough hours in the day to make sure we’re getting all our nutrients and fueling our bodies properly. Who has time to eat healthy when life is so busy? Turns out we all do! Here are 4 fabulous ways to make time to eat healthy.
- Start small: Most everyone knows that eating healthfully holds countless benefits from maintaining your weight to having boundless energy. Who doesn’t want to look and feel good? But overhauling your entire eating style overnight is a sure way to set yourself up for failure and disappointment. It takes time to build a healthy eating routine so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t happen overnight. Start small by changing just one meal at a time.
- Proactively Plan: Would you drive to a brand new destination without a map or guide? Then why would you start your week without first having an idea or plan for how you want to eat? This is where starting small and making gradual changes comes into play. Carve out just ten minutes and start by planning your meals and snacks for just one day. Then progress to the week. Having an idea of what you want also helps you create grocery lists so you can make sure to have the food and snacks you want on hand. Once you get the hang of it, planning doesn’t really take up much time and it only gets easier the more you do it.
- Simply Simplify: You don’t have to waste time and reinvent the wheel every time you’re trying to decide what healthy meal or snack to eat. Make healthy eating a no-brainer by eating the same meals or snack for a few days at a time. For example, perhaps every morning for a week you’re having a nutrition green smoothie. Or for lunch you always have a huge salad with pita and hummus. The benefit of the repetition meals helps build a routine. Your brain doesn’t have to creatively come up with something new if you know every Monday for dinner if you’re having the same Meatless Monday dish. However you decide to do it, pick something simple and stick to it. Once you’re finding yourself bored with it, switch it up and try something new.
- Cook ahead: In addition to planning your meals ahead, you can also prepare batch meals for the week to save time. Making chicken and pasta for dinner? Make more and store it so you can have it for lunch. When you prepare more food than you need, you can pack it up and have it the next day in no time which helps keep you on the healthy eating track and avoiding the fast food line.
Making time to eat healthy may seem overwhelming and impossible, but it’s not. By starting small, planning ahead, thinking simple, you can quickly and easily implement these 4 fabulous ways to make time to eat healthy. Your health is essential and excuses and exhaustion are not going to keep you healthy. If you’d like to learn more about how to make time to eat healthy, need help creating healthy meals, or would just like to start having more energy and mental clarity, then please call Prajakta Apte of Right Nutrition Works. I’m happy to sit down with you to help you understand the best foods to eat for your optimal health, overcome your personal nutrition hurdles, and create customized meal plans to help you feel and look your best!