Healthy in a Hurry: 4 Strategies
Want to be Healthy in a Hurry?
People ask me all the time about strategies they can use to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle even when they’re extremely busy. Let me assure you that eating healthy and being busy do not need to be in conflict with one another!
The fact remains, however, that in our fast-food culture, healthy eating doesn’t just “happen.” If we just go about our day spontaneously, there are infinite ways our culture brings us unexpected unhealthy eating opportunities: The candy bowl at the bank, the samples at Starbucks, the office leftovers, etc. I could go on. Not to mention that even when we have the best intentions, or even the best laid plans, things can go south quickly. The Plan: You had intended to stop at whole foods, grab some great produce and make some roasted vegetables. Reality: Your meeting ran over, you’re late to grab the kids and you’re starving so you just stop at Domino’s and head home.
Does any of this sound familiar? You are not alone. We are all up against this same kind of madness.
That’s why today I’m giving you my “Healthy in a Hurry” ninja tactics. While leading a consistent healthy life takes work, commitment and practice, adopting some short cuts and some careful pre-planning can help you add nutrition, macronutrient balance and satiety when we most need it.
Strategy #1 – Link a easy morning routine that you already have in place (i.e. making the kids lunches) with a new, healthy behavior. For instance, while you’re making the kids lunches, grab some baggies and fill them with cut up peppers, cucumbers and carrots to keep at work for yourself.
Strategy # 2 – Batch prep roasted veggies, soups, stews and the like on one day during the week so when you get home you don’t have to be in decision anxiety about what you’ll make or dread the time it will take to whip up a healthy meal.
Strategy # 3 – Pre-make your morning smoothie. (Need some help with smoothie making? Click here. ) Make your smoothie the night before. Yes, I said the night before. Then, either put the base of the blender in your fridge and simply re-blitz it for 5 seconds in the morning or put the smoothie in a mason jar or water bottle and freeze it. If you choose the latter, you can sip on it throughout the day is it defrosts. You can also pre-make oatmeal bowls and acai bowls to easily pull out as soon as you wake up for a healthy, quick breakfast.
Strategy # 4 – Make a list of all the healthy “fast food” near your home and office. When you are starving, without a rock solid plan for dinner – rather than defaulting to a KFC or Dunkin Donuts, you can GPS your way quickly to a B.Good, Whole Foods (great salad bars!), or other local juice bar or Sweet Greens.
Which one (or more) you will try? Let me know in the comments section below!
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