So you think those ladies who are constantly go-go-go have all their ‘I’s’ dotted and ‘t’s’ crossed when it comes to healthy eating habits right? Not so much! I’m sure some of them do but not all of us. I’ve found it boils down to five healthy habits. What’s so great about these five healthy eating habits is that they’re practical and something everyone can do if you’re intentional about it. These are also the five habits I’ve been using to keep my eating in line around the holidays and while planning my wedding!
But first, why am I talking about busy people and our eating habits?
I’m talking about healthy eating habits today because our modern lives get so busy, and that makes it hard to find time to really enjoy our food. It also makes it hard to take care of ourselves.
Hell, some days it’s a miracle to comb my hair or brush my teeth – if it takes so much effort to do those simple tasks how on earth am I going to eat a healthy meal? How am I going to make that food!?
But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise your health by settling for your kids Teddy Grams, those Oreos, or their leftovers!
So, what’s important about eating healthy when we’re so busy?
Healthy eating for busy people is important because it:
- Sustains your energy from meal to meal
- Stabilizes your blood sugar
- Keeps your mood steady and focus sharp
So how can I eat healthily and maintain my busy lifestyle?
1. Prepare in advance!!!
I think it’s safe to say we’ve all heard of meal prep and/or meal management, right? It’s’ such a popular topic because it really is a fundamental piece of the puzzle.
Think about it: you’re prepping multiple meals at one setting versus cooking one breakfast + lunch + dinner + at three different times throughout the day. What if you prepared three of this week’s lunches in one go? Or two meals? Maybe some snacks were prepped and ready to grab easily?
Omg, that’d save so much time! AND you’d have to use less thinking power because you wouldn’t have to decide what to eat for all those meals right then. You’d grab and go.
I know it can be overwhelming to start something new like this, that’s why I wrote this article, A Beginner’s Guide to Meal Planning, to break down some of the concepts of meal planning. Like what to make for an entire week; should I prep for a whole week; what foods to cook in large quantities, etc.
Related article: A Beginner’s Guide to Meal Planning
2. Drink yo’ water
Sounds crazy, but sometimes sweet cravings and hunger are a sign of dehydration. So pound a glass of water, wait 5 minutes and then see if you still have the craving or hunger.
Related article: 7 tips for drinking more water
3. Chew your food girl
Chewing is beyond powerful and often the most ignored part of the digestive process! Imagine how much easier your body could break down those bites of food if they weren’t swallowed almost whole. There would be more particles which means more surface area all around for your body to excrete and break down the nutrients.
If your body reaped the rewards of those nutrients and your mealtime was lengthened because you took the time to chew you’d naturally eat less, absorb more nutrients, and be more energized. Wholy crap right!
Related article: My Best Kept Secret for Better Digestion
4. Check in with yourself
This is such a crucial step in getting the body out of the stress response and into the relaxation state. Because remember – it’s scientifically impossible for the body to release weight and works to its full potential if your body’s continuously in stress mode.
For some guidance on how to check in with yourself check out Emotional Brain Training! I talk all about it in the article below 🙂
Related article: 2 Easy Ways to Calm Your Body and Mind…
5. Practice mindful eating
Mindful eating means taking the time to honor your food by choosing high-quality food, preparing it with care and eating it slowly and mindfully using your five senses to really enjoy it. Because girl, if you took the time to make this beautiful, delicious meal ENJOY it!!!
Take pride in the strides you take to care for yourself!
To practice eating mindfully, try out a 20-minute meal! This is an exercise I have my clients try ONCE A DAY for a week with any meal of their choosing 🙂
Related article: Want to learn to eat mindfully?
What do I do now?
If you want to make sure that you’re eating healthy all the time, then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me 1-on-1. I can help you shortlist the best foods for your body, so you can feel great and look great now!
To your health!