It can be really difficult to make sure that you continue to make healthy choices when life gets busy and you’re always on the go. Don’t let the busy bustle of life get in the way of your healthy lifestyle. Keep reading to find out some life hacks that you can use to make sure that your healthy eating habits don’t get put on the back burner.
1. Prep Your Meals
If you know you’ll be having a busy day that won’t allow for stops at home to nosh on the healthy foods that you picked up during your last grocery shopping trip, prep your meals ahead of time and bring them with you so that you can have healthy meals on the go. Some easy meals to have on the go are Mason jar salads (put your hard veggies like legumes and peppers at the bottom, followed by your leafy greens, then drizzle with a lighter dressing like vinaigrette), wraps filled with veggies and lean proteins, and quinoa bowls packed with veggies and lean proteins.
2. Smart Snacking
Vending machines always seem to pop up where you are when you’re craving something sweet or crunchy and salty. All of those treats put on display can be really hard to pass up, but keeping snacks with you on the go will make it easier on you. Healthy snacks such as fruits, raw nuts, and homemade kale chips are great to have on hand to tide you over until your next meal.
3. Stay Hydrated
Since our bodies are composed mainly of water, it only makes sense that we keep our bodies hydrated with water. Depending on our health status and stage of life, our bodies need up to four liters of water each day to keep running smoothly. Water helps our bodies flush out toxins and boosts fat metabolism while also suppressing our appetite and helping us feel fuller. Sometimes it can get boring to drink plain ol’ water all the time, so try making detox water (water infused with cucumbers, lemons, and mint leaves) or infuse your water with yummy fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. If you still need a break from water, try a detox tea like Skinny Teatox to keep your taste buds happy while still avoiding unhealthy drinks like soda and sugary juices.
4. Eating Out
Sometimes grabbing a quick meal on the go is unavoidable, and sometimes the places we grab those meals aren’t the healthiest of restaurants. If you’re grabbing fast food while you’re out running errands, opt for grilled chicken instead of fried/breaded chicken or burgers. If you’re ordering takeout like Chinese food, make sure that you choose options that have non-breaded protein (this avoids deep fried foods) ask for half the amount of sauce that they would typically drizzle over your food, and opt for steamed rice instead of fried. If you’re grabbing sushi, try to avoid rolls that incorporate mayonnaise, and instead grab a roll that is packed with veggies like avocado and cucumber. When you’re at a sit down restaurant, try to choose a big colorful salad with a lean protein and a light dressing like vinaigrette, or choose an entrée with lean proteins and side dishes packed with veggies.
5. Waist Train
I know that it doesn’t seem like waist training has anything to do with making healthier food choices, but it does. Wearing a waist trainer helps you keep your portion control in check by ensuring you don’t overeat. When we overeat, we get a bit bloated, and the waist trainer provides a small amount of pressure as a gentle reminder that we should only eat the proper portions that we’ve laid out for ourselves instead of eating until we feel full. It isn’t always good to eat until we feel full because it can take a bit of time for our stomach to tell our brain that we’re full, so once you feel full, you’ve already eaten enough.
When the days get busy, especially around the upcoming holidays, don’t let your nutrition add to the list of things that you’re stressing over. Use these simple tips and adapt them to your daily needs in order to make sure that you’re keeping your nutrition a top priority, and if you’re still struggling, I encourage you to make an appointment with a licensed nutritionist because while these tips work for me and I am sharing them in case they work for anyone else on the go, they may not work for everyone and I am not licensed to treat any medical or nutritional concerns that any of you may be having.
By: Kayla Harwick