The modern 9-5 routine leaves all of us exhausted during the workweek, so many people succumb to fast food or unhealthy snacks. Paired with a sedentary lifestyle, bad eating habits lead to a number of diseases and weight issues. We’re all prone to blame it all on our hectic lives, but that’s a pretty lame excuse. Is it possible to stick to a healthy eating regimen if you work long hours? Believe it or not, preparing nutrient-packed meals can be much easier than you think. But first, you need to be determined and willing to change your mindset. Here are a few simple tips & tricks to help you improve your eating habits.
The best-laid plans…
No, they don’t always go awry. Sometimes all it takes is making a good plan and sticking to it. If you know that you’re going to have a busy week, plan your meals ahead. Sunday is a perfect day to browse through healthy food recipes and decide on your menu. Wondering what to eat every day after work and being indecisive will result in grabbing a slice of pizza or a burger with fries. You’re probably too tired and fed up at the end of the day, which means that you’re not exactly motivated to put your apron on and magically turn into Donna Hay. Once you come up with your plan, go shopping for the groceries, prepare your meals, and put them in the freezer. This way you’ll be in control of your eating choices (and your money, too). In case you want to dine out on a couple of nights, check out restaurant menus and see what healthy options they offer.
Eat your breakfast alone…
Well, I don’t mean literally. I’m referring to an old, wise Russian proverb that highlights the importance of breakfast by saying that you should eat your breakfast alone, share your lunch with a friend, and give your supper to an enemy. By skipping the morning meal, you fail to provide your body with proper nutrients and your sugar levels soon go crazy. If you want to kick-start your day on a positive note, breakfast is a must. Now you’re probably thinking that you’ll have to get up at the crack of dawn in order to squeeze it into your busy schedule, but you actually don’t need to prepare an elaborate meal.
and fall in love with veggie juices
Smoothies with various berries and green veggies are an excellent option. Throw in some flaxseed, almond butter, or ginger, and you’ve concocted an energy-boosting drink that will keep you full until lunch. A PB&J is another great option if you use whole wheat bread, and in case you have a sweet tooth, a much lighter version of an Elvis sandwich with whole grain waffle, peanut butter, and banana slices will lift your spirits.
Eat fat to lose fat
This oxymoron is, actually, one of the most important rules for healthy eating. Healthy fats can do wonders for your health as they’re essential for your immunity and heart disease prevention. When it comes to sculpting your beach body, you’ll be amazed how fats can be efficient. Here’s a list of some foods that contain healthy fats, together with their benefits:
Avocados are full of vitamin E, responsible for anti-aging protection, and they also have a lot of protein. Eat this delicious fruit as often as you can as it’s rich in protein. This is important because your body burns more calories when digesting protein than digesting carbs, for example. So, you can lose some fat simply by eating avocados. Amazing, right?
Butter, although previously stigmatized and accused of causing high cholesterol levels and heart disease, is a source of omega -3 and omega-6 fatty acids, essential for the functioning of your brain, all of which makes it a healthy food. Still, eat it in moderation as it’s high in calories.
Oily fish is the source of lean protein, and it’s also brimming with omega fatty acids. These types of fish also contain vitamin D and minerals extremely healthy for your teeth. As for dental issues, many people think that it’s enough to brush and floss their teeth on a regular basis. However, some of us have extremely sensitive teeth, and although I have regular dental check- ups, I frequently end up with issues that can only be taken care by an expert endodontist. So, if you want a dazzling smile, stock up on tuna, salmon, or mackerel.
Extra virgin olive oil is the nature’s magic potion that is beneficial for almost every organ system. Apart from turning your body into a well-oiled machine, it can also help you lose weight.
Still waters run deep
Hydration is crucial for the wellbeing of your body. Did you know that you’ve already lost 1% of your total body water when you realize that you’re thirsty? This is especially the case during the summer months when you’re sweating more. On a busy day, it’s hard to remember to take a sip from your H2O bottle, so you can use one of those mobile apps that will remind you to drink a glass of water per hour. Apart from being necessary for proper functioning of your body, hydration will also prevent you from mindless nibbling on candy as it will keep you full.
I’m sure that you’re familiar with this concept. I know, it happens even to the best of us, but if you’ve decided to kick the habit of accidentally devouring a box of chocolates or a pint of ice cream, then you need to know how to defend yourself from cravings. Snacks are a common vehicle to cheat and eat carbs and sugary foods, especially if we bear in mind that even some allegedly healthy cereal bars are in reality sugar traps. Make sure to read labels carefully and opt only for natural, unprocessed snacks. However, you can also make your own healthy snacks by mixing some nuts, raisins, and cranberries, or cutting carrots and celery into sticks and pairing it with a homemade yogurt dip. This will save you from disrupting your newly established healthy eating routine and frequenting that tempting vending machine in your office.
So, being busy can’t be an excuse for turning to unhealthy foods. These simple tips on how to eat healthy are efficient and can help you curb cravings and stay away from bad food choices.
Guest Post by Emma Lawson
This amazing healthy food guide was contributed by Aussie lifestyle blogger Emma Lawson. To read more of her work, hop over to here 🙂