Whether you are a frequent business traveler, a busy student or an overwhelmed stay at home mom—everyone has those days where it simply seems impossible to sit down and have a proper, healthy meal.
Here are 5 simple things you can do to incorporate healthy habits when your life is always on the go. The trick is to practice them daily and make them into powerful habits.
1. Prepare in advance. Keep A Secret Healthy Food Stash
Can’t sit down for a healthy breakfast? One of the best ways to incorporate healthy habits into your life is to plan ahead for those days when you know that you will not be able to sit down and have a healthy meal.
Fortunately, there are many different foods that are available to people on the go now.
Keep your kitchen fully stocked with cereal bars or replacement meal supplements. Although these should not be regularly substituted for a full breakfast, these can help you stay nourished and sustained during a busy day.
Keeping a pre-packaged healthy food stash handy can save you from crashing on those days where you are too busy to sit down for a proper meal.
Pre-package your own mixtures for more natural choices and you’re ready to go in seconds. Prepackage smoothie ingredients so that they are ready to blend and pour into to-go cups.
2. Relax At Breakfast – Focus on how delicious your food is.
Try to make eating a full breakfast your daily habit. There is just something about a quiet focused meal that heals and energizes you.
We all have days when this is not possible, but for the most part, you should try to eat a full breakfast.
After all, breakfast is actually “break-fast”, your first meal after not eating all night. You should make it easy to digest and nutrient dense.
Why is this bit of common wisdom so darn persistent? The truth is that after hours of not eating, your body truly needs nutrients to keep you fueled and full of energy for the day ahead.
Recent research studies have also shown that individuals who eat breakfast tend to consume about 100 calories less than those who do not eat a full breakfast. If you are serious about losing weight, you have to become serious about eating breakfast.
3. Keep Your Water Bottle Close at All Times
Drinking water can help you feel and stay full, so that you won’t be tempted to turn to unhealthy snacking as a recourse.
Each individual has different needs but in general, it is good to drink about 8 glasses of water each day. If you are in a warm environment, or if you are experiencing more physical exertion than normal, you will want to drink more.
Here is another helpful tip. If you are trying to lose weight, it will be helpful to add ice to each glass of water. What does ice do for you?
Recent studies have shown that you can actually help speed up your metabolism simply by drinking your water with ice each day. The theory is that your body has to work hard at bringing your temperature back to normal.
4. And Don’t Skip Lunch Either
Many dieters are often tempted to skip lunch. They think that skipping lunch is an easy way to avoid consuming calories.
But take a close look at what happens to your body when you do not eat lunch: your blood sugar levels drop, your metabolism becomes languid, and you will probably be tempted to overcompensate come dinner time.
Packing a light sandwich and some raw vegetables can save your body and your diet.
5. Don’t Avoid Snacks – Just Choose Healthier Ones
The trick is in choosing the right kind of snacks – low fat yogurt, an apple, orange, trail mix, wheat crackers with cheese, celery and peanut butter – rather than a stale candy bar from the vending machine.
Snacks are not the enemy, several smaller snacks or meals a day keeps your metabolism running strong and burning calories.
Insert these five simple steps into your daily routine and you will eat more healthfully. With the right amount of exercise you will have tons of energy, and start losing weight if that is your goal.