Staying healthy can often take a back seat to family, school and work responsibilities. In the spirit of March, which is National Nutrition Month, take a look at the healthy lifestyle tips we’ve provided below. They can help you find time for staying healthy no matter how busy you are.
Keep a healthy cupboard
What kinds of food do you have in your kitchen right now? If unhealthy fare such as chips, candy bars, cookies, frozen meals and processed foods litters your shelves, we encourage you to replace it with healthier options. Eliminating unhealthy temptations that are only a few steps away can help you cut more bad calories out of your diet.
Your mother was right: breakfast is an important part of any healthy meal plan. Skipping breakfast can slow your metabolism and cause you to overeat later in the day. If you’re hard up for time in the morning, make a list of quick meals you can prepare in 10 minutes or eat on the way to work. Whole grain cereals, an English muffin with a slice of ham, apple slices with peanut butter – they’re all quick breakfast options. Get creative.
Bag your lunch
Instead of running out to their nearest fast food chain or supermarket for lunch, try packing a sack lunch with things you bought earlier in the week. This way you control what you’re putting in your body. And it doesn’t always have to be a sandwich and fruit. Try heating up soup or stew you made a couple days ago in the slow cooker or make enough chicken and rice at dinner to take it the next day. Coming up with satisfying lunches often starts the night before.
Take some time this weekend, maybe half an hour or so, to write down a healthy meal plan for the upcoming week. Make a list of the ingredients you’ll need, and take the list with you to the grocery store. Try cooking the meals ahead of time. Freeze them or put them in the refrigerator for a few days. One or two hours spent cooking on the weekend can save you double that during the week when you’re busy.