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THE ANTI-MEAL PREP
Before you think this is going to be another post about ‘meal prepping’, don’t worry, I’m not really about that tupperware life. Today I’m sharing a few of my tips and tricks on how to stay healthy when you don’t have time to spend ages in the kitchen, or are just cooking for one.
I wish I was someone who could eat the same thing every day but I get bored very easily. I like to switch things up. If you want to know how to stay healthy when you work full time then keep reading!
- Put it in your calendar. If I don’t schedule in exercise it’s unlikely it will happen. If you’re serious about improving your fitness you need to make it a priority. That episode of Love Island can wait! Workouts always go in my diary. I tend to plan what days I’m going to the gym in advance.
- Enjoyment is key. I can’t stress this one enough. Don’t do exercises you hate and don’t eat food you dislike because it’s ‘good for you’ or someone else told you to. Find what works for you. By incorporating more foods and exercises you enjoy in your daily routine you’ll be more consistent. Consistency is key after all. I won’t eat food for the sake of it being sat in the offices. I’d rather pick foods I want to eat and will nourish my body.
- Plan ahead. As much as it is enjoyable, it might be a good idea to work out roughly what you’ll have for dinner each night of the week. I don’t do this in a strict, ‘meal plan’ way though. I’ll often jot down about five meals I want to make during the week. Then I make sure I have the ingredients for each. If I know I’ve got a really busy day I’ll make sure I have a quick meal planned so I don’t just have cereal for dinner. If you need some meal inspiration, I’ve been using the Hello Fresh Flavor generator . It’s helped me be more creative in the kitchen. You simply select the type of cuisine and flavour you want for dinner and it generates a selection of recipes. I had the turkey milanese one the other night and it was delicious!
Convenience is key
4. Buy pre-packaged healthy snacks. While fruit and nuts are some of my favourite snacks, sometimes packaged snacks are more convenient. They’re less messy too. Having something like a chocolate bar mid-afternoon would make me feel quite sick. Instead I’ll have something like a Nakd bar or another healthy treat (exhibit A). Just make sure they’re not packed full of sugar, the low-cal stuff often is!
5. Bring dinner for your packed lunch. This is something I’m trying to do more as it saves SO much time. You might be thinking ‘well I don’t want XYZ’ for lunch. However it’s often easier than you think to adapt it. For example, if you’re having a tasty homemade chicken curry for dinner, save some of the chicken and veg and make a salad out of it. Boom.
6. Focus on the feeling. Apart from anything else, when you’re busy you need to make sure you’re feeling good in yourself. You won’t be able to perform tasks to the best of your ability if you’re feeling lethargic from too many processed foods. Concentrate on thinking of food as fuel to enhance your brain power and beauty. Think of other ways to comfort yourself when you’re feeling stressed and the rest will fall into place.
I’d love to know your tips on how to stay healthy with a busy schedule. I’ll be popping up a vlog-style ‘What I Eat in A Day’ video next Sunday so stay tuned. You can view more of my quick and healthy recipes in this post. Subscribe here so you don’t miss it.