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Do you find yourself juggling numerous tasks that life throws your way??
It seems as though life is moving at light speed and we are expected to keep up. Along with juggling these responsibilities of everyday life, everywhere you look you are being inundated with magazines, newspapers and articles telling you how important it is to “eat a healthy diet!” While you are closing a deal on your cell phone, emailing your boss AND picking up your dry cleaning - ALL at the same time – eating “healthy” can often be the LAST thing on your mind. The problem is that with busy schedules rising and “fast” foods so readily available, eating healthy is not often convenient. Even going out to a restaurant can be troublesome. Some menus are super long with lots of options (stressful!!) or super short with only a few options (are there ANY healthy options on there??) Often we find ourselves living in “I don’t have enough TIME to eat healthy!” mode. And if you are anything like me, not knowing what your next meal will be or where it will come from often causes a little bit of……well….…stress!
Here are 5 Quick Tips that I have found to help alleviate some of those stresses:
Here is what I do: Every Sunday evening, I take two (2) hours to prepare all of my meals for the entire week. First, I cook all of my proteins (chicken, ground turkey, fish) and all of my veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, green beans). I combine them together and place them into Tupperware containers to make 5 lunches for the week! Now when I wake up each morning, there is no stress as to what I will eat each day – I already know AND I can quickly grab and go!
Next, I put together all of my snacks (this part is easy – see Tip #3).
Last, but certainly not least, I make the most important meal of the day (drum roll please………..) - Yup, I even make my breakfast meals for the week! I definitely do not have enough TIME in the morning to spend preparing a hearty meal, so I make these in advance as well. For a super easy and portable breakfast option, click here!
With all your meals ready and waiting for you – stress is out the door and healthy, non-processed foods are in your belly!
Things to look for: proteins, veggies, and salads. These sources are going to drive and maintain your energy up to finish the day.
Things to stay away from: sandwiches with lots of bread, French fries, and soda pop. These sources are going to DRAIN your energy because your body has to work harder to digest them.
Take just a couple extra minutes putting these quick snacks together and Frankenstein will cease to exist!
My favorite app is FatSecret, but I also really like MyFitnessPal and CalorieKing.
Too much too fast?! Don’t worry - even if you start implementing ONE of these tips today, you will be on your way to eating and maintaining a healthy diet! No, it is not easy. And it will take a little work. But YES, it will be worth it. And I can guarantee, the people around you will start to see a difference in YOU and start asking YOU for advice!
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