One of the hardest things to do when you’re constantly busy throughout the day, is to eat healthy.
Here are a few things that have helped me when I don’t have time to make a meal.
1. Order off the menu.
I think one of the biggest rules is – don’t eat out. But it’s pretty much inevitable when you’re in a rush or at a lunch meeting or something along those lines. Eating out once in a while just makes things a whole lot easier.
Restaurants use a hell of a lot more butter and fat in their meals than you would at home. Their salads are packed with fat, and pretty much everything on the menu will supply your daily percentage’s of fat and salt in that one meal.
What I’ve began to do is order off the menu. If I’m stuck eating out at a restaurant and I want to eat healthy – and not cheat – then I’ll simply ask for a grilled chicken breast, brown rice and mixed veggies. I’ve yet to eat at a restaurant that won’t serve this.
Another thing you can order is a salad with chicken breast and avocado, with oil and vinegar dressing on the side. The salad dressing at restaurants are loaded with fat so watch out for them!
2. Make enough food on Sunday dinner to last the week.
The barbecue, if you have one, should be one of your best friends. If you don’t have one, go out and get one.
I’ll cook 4-5 chicken breasts and a steak or two above what I’m having that night for dinner, and there are my lunches for the rest of the week.
I spend a lot of time at coffee shops getting work done, as well as running around training clients so it’s important to have something quick that is healthy, and there isn’t much out there to by that falls into both of those categories. So I pack something and take it along with me.
3. Don’t eat at coffee shops.
You’d think a lot of these place would serve healthy foods.
I walk in and there’s an earthy feel to some of these places. They’ve got yogurt, sandwiches, panini’s and so on. But pretty much nothing there is healthy.
The brown bread isn’t actually whole wheat bread, the toping’s for the yogurt are oats and sugar, the sausage rolls, well, they’re sausage rolls so enough said.
Don’t get caught thinking that because it looks healthy, it actually is. Coffee shops have some pretty unhealthy stuff.
4. Have a plan.
This’ll only take a few minutes out of your day, but have a rough plan for your weeks meals. Just like you plan out you schedule, plan out your meals so you don’t get stuck at MacDonald’s for a quicky.
It’s those little snacks that are full of empty, useless calories that’ll get you.
Fatburgr’s a great guide to show you the nutritional value at a lot of those fast food places, have a look.
Hope these helped!