The Problem: Eating Healthy On-The-Go
Whether your life is busy due to family commitments, work hours, or you simply have a lot of errands to run it can be easy to forget about the fundamentals of your diet and keeping healthy. This is a problem many of us encounter and it has ruined millions of diets.
Today we’re going to discuss how you can set your diet and routine up to eat healthy no matter how busy you are. This means better health, better physiques and reduced stress while dieting!
How to Manage Your Diet While Busy
These 15 essential tips will provide you with a framework for a reliable diet. No matter what diet you’re following, these simple tips make it easier to follow, more effective and far less time-consuming.
1. Know your diet well
Your diet is going to determine what foods you should be eating and what you consider to be “healthy” or not. Having a strong understanding of what your diet says, and why, is going to be key to making the right choices in any situation.
Remember what you’re dieting for, what principles your diet prioritises, and your individual needs. Eating healthily is important, but your own personal reasons and goals will be essential to making good choices.
2. Improve your relationship with food
This is another basic part of choosing the right foods: eating healthily begins by viewing food the right way and eating accordingly. If you’re on the go and you need to eat, it’s important to remember that food is fuel and not a reward for getting work done!
Remember that your relationship with food underlies all the choices you make: you probably only choose unhealthy foods while busy because you’re leaning on food as a stress relief.
3. Schedule ahead
Having an idea of what you’re doing in the day and when is a great way to establish the right habits and choices regarding your food. If you know that you’re going to be exceptionally busy for a certain time, structure your food around those time commitments.
It’s never easy to know what the future holds, but daily planning can go a long way to putting you back in control of your schedule and your diet. If you know you’ve got a big block of work, eat well before and after, or pack a healthy snack.
4. Invest in healthy snacks ahead of time
Speaking of healthy snacks, it’s important to stock up ahead of time if you know you’re going to encounter stressful times. A well-stocked cupboard is going to reduce the unpredictability of your diet and ensure that you’re able to avoid easy, junk foods.
This approach provides you with the tools that you need to ensure that you’re in control of your diet and can be tailored to your tastes ahead of time. Simply throw these snacks in your bag and you’ll be ready in a pinch.
5. Food Prep where you can
The ultimate way of removing unpredictable variables from your diet, food prep is a popular tradition with those who take their nutrition seriously. This means batch-cooking and packaging food ahead of time to remove the guesswork from your diet and ensure that you’re only eating the things your diet allows for.
Nothing says prepared like a Tupperware of delicious, healthy food that has no prep time and is guaranteed to fit your diet.
6. Carry a water bottle
Health isn’t just about what you eat, but also covers what you drink and how it affects your body. The diets of busy people tend to include more liquid calories in the form of soft drinks and sugary beverages: something that rarely has any positive health effects.
Carrying a water bottle is the easiest way to get around this and ensure that you’re improving your health when hydrating, rather than harming your body.
7. Research staples from certain stores
If you’re worried about your daily routine and workload interrupting your diet, spend a little time investigating the options at various stores near your home or work. Having an idea of the best options for your diet and budget is a great way of preparing ahead of time.
This is even more effective for those with special dietary requirements (primarily the plant-based) as different stores have totally different quality/quantity of options.
8. Eat before travelling/working
Much like using the restroom before you travel or sit down for a lengthy project, eating as a precaution is a great way of reducing the impact of hectic hours. Be sure to eat during quieter hours in preparation for things changing!
It’s better to be prepared ahead of time and making sure that you’re eating well periodically (regardless of feeling starving!) is a great way to control your long-term hunger urges.
9. Establish some standard meal replacement shakes
Meal replacement shakes might sound like an MLM scheme and, generally, solid wholefoods are a better choice. However, when you’re busy a wholefood shake can be a fantastic option for reducing cravings and avoiding junk food.
There are hundreds of recipes out there: practice with protein and carbohydrate shakes with fruits, nut butter, or a variety of other excellent foods. Find one that you can prepare easily and enjoy!
10. Eat more often
This might sound counterintuitive but eating more often is likely to improve your productivity and free up your time.
If you’re eating more often, you’ll see improved adherence to your dietary rules and you can actually work while eating. Conversely, big meals require your attention and distract from the work at hand, while also causing large gaps between food when hunger can strike.
Eating more meals less often is a great way to stay full, hit your nutrition goals and ensure that you’re never a few hours away from more fuel. If you don’t eat breakfast, it’s a great place to start.
11. Protein first
Understanding and prioritising protein is a great way to ensure that your food choices are aligned with your diet. Protein is a calorie-sparse, high-metabolism nutrient that builds muscle and aids in fat loss.
If you eat high-protein foods, you’ll be fuller faster and ensure that you’re nourishing your muscles and joints. This is a key part of any diet and should reduce the reliance on junk foods.
12. Fiber Second
Fiber is another key nutrient that should be present in your diet – it regulates the metabolism and digestive system all while filling you up and having 0 calories. Choosing high-fiber foods is a great way to ensure that you stay healthy and keep your calorie intake under control.
This might mean eating fruit as a snack, a wholegrain product or a veg-filled meal. These simple changes make a huge difference to your health and results!
13. Preferentially consume plant foods
Whether you eat meat or not, it’s impossible to deny the amazing benefits of plant foods. They provide amazing carbohydrates, fiber and provide huge amounts of nutrients for very few calories. If you’re aiming to lose weight and improve your health, choosing plant-based wholefoods is an easy, effective choice.
14. Focus on Vitamins and Minerals
Healthy foods are considered to be healthy because they contain important nutrients, and very few are more important than vitamins and minerals. These micronutrients provide your body with essential fuel for key processes and ensure that every part of your body is working optimally.
Aim for vitamin and mineral-dense foods that provide you with the nutrients you need. They’re not going to make you lose weight, but they will make sure you’re healthy and perform to your best.
15. Know Yourself and Your Weaknesses
We’ve included this at the end, but it is one of the most important. You need to be aware of how you usually fail on your diet. Each of us has our own weakness: chocolate, chips, ice cream or sugary sodas.
Knowing how you usually eat badly is a great way of guarding against future patterns of bad eating and, ultimately, might save your diet. Understand your own weaknesses and think about how you can fix each of them or find healthier replacements!
About the author: Amanda Roberts is one of the authors behind Nutrition Inspector. She writes about health, nutrition and fitness article to help people live a healthier lifestyle. Follow her on Facebook. Photo by Edgar Castrejon on Unsplash