You know how it is. You resolve to be good and then turn around and somehow it’s 9 pm and you’re halfway through a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. It happens. Schedules get busy. You’re crazy busy with work or getting the kids to school and soccer practice and maintaining healthy eating habits falls by the wayside.
While you might not be able to squeeze everything on your to-do list into every day, it’s not as hard as you think to eat better and stick with it. Here are 10 of the best tips for how to eat healthy when things get hectic.
1. Don’t Put Off Eating Until You’re “Less Busy”
Just because you’re running around doesn’t mean it’s okay to just not eat until you have time. Keep up a regular breakfast and lunch time, even if it means putting off something else that needs to get done. Delaying meals will just make you hungrier when you do get to eat, and you’re more likely to overeat or eat something you’ll regret later.
2. Take A Few Hours On Sunday And Plan Your Groceries
Next time you stock up on groceries, take some time to plan out your meals and snacks for the week. Putting the effort (and money) into planning will motivate you to keep up with the plan, and leaves less room for error (aka caving and grabbing Big Macs on the way home).
3. Leftovers Are No Joke
Sure, they may not be the most glamorous meals, but don’t knock them. You made it because you like it, right? So what’s wrong with having it again? Make a little extra at dinner, wrap it up and bring it with you the next day.
4. Eating Out Doesn’t Mean Cheating
Sure, it’s tough to resist a burger and fries or fettucine alfredo when you grab lunch with friends or grabbing dinner when the in-laws come into town. But that doesn’t mean you always have to decline the invite. Just opt for a smarter option – try a salad and a small appetizer instead of the steak.
5. Skip the Starbucks
This applies to your local mom and pop coffeeshop too. Sorry. Not only will it save you money, but making your own coffee before you head out or once you get to the office will save you a bunch of sneaky sugar and calories.
6. Keep Water Everywhere
At your desk. In the car. In your purse. Water is not only good for your body in itself, but it also helps in digestion and keeps you fuller between meals, so you’re less likely to overdo it at lunch or dinner.
7. Don’t Be Afraid To Substitute
Ask for the dressing on the side. Get the thin crust instead. Skip the cream sauce. Sure, it’s a small inconvenience to ask but it’ll pay off quicker than you think.
What other tips do you have for how to eat healthy with a busy schedule? Tell us in the comments! And remember, you can always find better-for-you goodies on the go in a Love With Food box!