How to Eat a Balanced Diet on a Busy Schedule
Guest Post by Helen Bradford
A healthy diet is the cornerstone of good health and we all know that; however, many of us still fall into the temptation of a quick and convenient meal over a carefully prepared and healthy one.
Oftentimes, nothing but lack of time can be blamed for this – especially if you are a Mompreneur trying to balance their career and their family life, there is little time left to think about your eating habits. Considering that this will have detrimental effects on your health in the long run, waste no more time and make those much-needed changes to your diet that you’ve been planning to for ages.
Here are a few tips on how you can maintain a balanced diet even if you have a busy schedule.
Plan and prepare
As a Mompreneur, you know that planning and preparation are key factors in success. So, apply this approach to your meals as well.
Take some time during the weekend to plan the next week’s meals and prepare what you can in advance. This can include cooking in batches too – this will allow you to just take out a container from your fridge and have your lunch ready.
Moreover, simply writing down what meals you are planning to have the following week will cut back on the time spent grocery shopping, as you will know exactly what you need to get.
You can also invest in a slow cooker that will be your best friend in preparing meals on the weekend. You can just put the ingredients in the slow cooker, and it will do all the hard lifting while you can tend to other things.
Make sure you don’t skip breakfast
There is a reason why they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and people all too often ignore this and end up ravenous in the evening, eating way more than they should.
A breakfast that will give you an ample amount of energy and prevent your hunger levels fluctuating throughout the day should include fibre, protein, good fats, and everything in between, yet it does not have to be complex.
You can go for a smoothie containing fresh fruit and vegetables, probiotics such as yogurt, oatmeal and whole grain cereal, cooked eggs and so on.
These take little to no time to prepare, so don’t skip breakfast.
Have some healthy snacks with you
We all know that time during the day when we could simply kill for a snack. If this hits you when you’re in the office and you don’t have anything at hand, chances are you are going to head to the vending machine and stray off your path to a balanced diet. So, make sure you prepare some healthy snacks for these moments.
For instance, mix together unsalted nuts, dried fruit and a little bit of dark chocolate, and pack it in small portions to avoid overeating. These will kill your hunger while still being healthy.
A seasoned Mompreneur also knows when outsourcing can prove to be the best course of action. When your week is way too full to think about what you’re going to eat next (it happens to the best of us), then instead of picking up some fast food takeaway on your way home, make sure you opt for a balanced and healthy meal.
Nowadays, there are healthy meal delivery options with flexible customization; for instance, services like My Muscle Chef allow you to choose from several meal plans or even handpick your own, and you won’t have to worry about ruining your healthy eating efforts because of lack of time.
There are a few rules you should keep to when it comes to shopping for groceries. Your go-to aisles should be whole foods: fresh produce, whole grains, nuts, seeds, fresh meat and fish and so on. Instead of processed, packaged and refined foods, base your shopping around these categories and you’ll already have a better base to work with!
When we keep running around, getting tasks done all day, it’s easy to forget to drink enough water. However, our body is made up mostly of this liquid and it’s vital to our health and wellbeing to keep ourselves properly hydrated! Always have a reusable water bottle by your side, calculate
how much exactly you should drink and try not to forget to take a sip from time to time.
Remember, a healthy meal doesn’t necessarily have to be a complex meal! Fresh ingredients and simple recipes can be the best friend of a busy career woman, but even if you cannot find time for the task of preparing meals, there are healthy delivery options out there to help you out!
Try to keep yourself to these tips we mentioned and you will feel (and be) healthier soon.
About the Author
Helen Bradford is a journalism student who always seeks new ideas to write about. She enjoys blogging about beauty, health and style trends for women. When she’s not writing, she spends her spare time being active through fitness and travelling.