When it comes to day-to-day life, most people are incredibly busy and many of those people tend to make poor decisions about food when they’re preoccupied. Planning ahead and learning a little bit about what you eat could help you maintain a healthier diet. Take a look at these five simple tips and start eating better in spite of your crazy busy schedule.
Designate one or two nights a week as meal prep nights. The key to fitting healthy eating into a hectic schedule is planning ahead, but preparing meals each night for the next day can take a lot of time. Pick one or two nights and cook a few dishes to last you the week. When you need something quick and healthy, it will be ready to take.
Pack snacks. Instead of reaching for something tasty, but less-than-healthy at the last minute, make your own trail mix and bring it along with you. When you need a quick bite, you’ll have a good option ready.
Never skip breakfast. Making time for a healthy breakfast is key to maintaining a healthy weight in addition to overall health. Choosing a wholesome option first thing in the morning will help curb cravings and keep you from binge eating later on. There are plenty of healthy to-go options—consider making oatmeal or a healthy greek yogurt parfait.
Try not to skip meals. Over the course of your busy day maybe you miss a meal or two, no big deal, right? Actually there’s evidence that skipping meals and making up for it later on can negatively impact sugar and glucose levels in the body and might even cause weight gain. “During the day, going more than four or five hours without eating can contribute to blood-sugar imbalance, resulting in strong feelings of hunger and overeating,” Christine M. Okezie, a natural foods chef, nutrition coach and author. “Your body needs a steady supply of fuel to function properly.” Okezie suggests keeping healthy snacks, like nuts, nearby for when you get hungry.
Pay attention to sugar content. Weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, the list of health issues associated with consuming too much added sugar continues to pile up, while the average American consumes about 100 grams of sugar a day, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) database. That number should ideally be less than half that for both men and women, said the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization. The amount of sugar people ingest has been climbing and experts think that people are opting for sugary beverages and foods over more nutritious options. Check the ingredients before you take a bite and opt for foods high in protein to keep you feeling satisfied. When your sweet tooth kicks in reach for some fruit.