Demanding professional careers and busy family lives have many of us eating poorly. Poor nutrition can leave us over extended, overwhelmed and, let’s be honest, overweight. One of the greatest hurdles we face when trying to eat healthy is a busy schedule. Everything else takes priority. It’s more convenient to pick up fast food on the go or to purchase premade and processed items than to find time between activities to cook lean meats and fresh vegetables.
The good news is that being busy doesn’t necessarily mean having to forgo healthy eating habits. It requires some knowledge and organization, but if we commit to change, it is possible. Face it; everything worth having takes extra effort.
When it comes to healthy eating, organization and advanced planning are essential. Planning ahead and creating menus for the entire week will help us keep focused and on track. Going to the grocery store and purchasing what we need ahead of time will keep us from making last-minute decisions that sabotage our diets. Don’t get caught short; always have a plan.
1) When planning your lunches for work, choose food containers that will make your healthy eating more convenient. Plastic food containers and storage bags are versatile and ideal for eating on the go. They keep your food fresh and allow you to control portion sizes.
2) Get in the habit of carrying water with you at all times. Adequate water consumption is essential for fluid balance, calorie control, muscle fuel, clearer skin, kidney function, fatigue busting, and brain boosting. Drinking water throughout the day will help keep your appetite in check as well. You won’t feel starving, so you will be more in control of what you eat.
3) Make time to eat smaller meals throughout the day. If you plan and cook ahead of time, it will take you less time to eat. This, in turn, will allow you the flexibility to eat more frequently. Eating smaller meals more frequently will allow your body to use food more efficiently.
Less is not always more. Make sure you eat all the food you need. Don’t think you are doing yourself a favor by not eating all the food that is recommended each day. Remember, eating more frequently — without eating in excess — will actually boost your metabolism, thereby helping to reduce body fat.
Being busy doesn’t have to mean having to forgoing healthy eating habits. You can control your appetite, eat healthy and lose weight despite a busy schedule. At Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss and Wellness, we can help to educate you on healthy eating habits. Our appetite suppressants and dietary supplements can aid with controlling your appetite, allowing yourself the time to make healthy choices. Ready to get started? Our professional providers and nutrition counselors are ready to help. Call us today with any questions or to make your appointment.