You’re trying to do it all. Be fit and healthy, be a good friend, and succeed in your career, school, or family life. It’s a lot! Sometimes working out and eating well feels like an added burden, not something that’s helping your life!
I understand. I work and travel a lot, so I understand how a busy schedule can feel limiting. However, you don’t need to worry! Over the years, I’ve discovered some great ways to eat healthy with a busy schedule.
Whether you’re a student, a businesswoman, or a mom keeping track of her little ones, I’ve prepared some tips for you! Here’s how to eat healthy on a busy schedule.
1. PREPARE YOUR MEALS AHEAD OF TIME
I suggest taking one or two days per week to plan out your meals for the next few days. During this time, make sure to prepare lots of healthy snacks, meals full of vegetables, and other healthy options that actually taste good.
I find that when I’m in a rush to leave the house, I’m much more likely to grab food that’s already prepared.
I have a 7 day meal plan you can try out to see if meal prep in advance works well for you. My meal plan has 10 delicious and healthy recipes and completely free. You can download it below :)
If you find it difficult to prepare your own foods due to a lack of time, there are many food delivery services now that are healthy and actually taste good! And a lot of restaurants do meal prep too. So these could be worth a try :)
RELATED POST: STEP BY STEP MEAL PREPPING GUIDE
2. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Okay, this isn’t food exactly! But water is so, so important. Staying hydrated will help you feel more energized and alert throughout your busy day.
So many of our mid-day hunger cravings are actually from dehydration or exhaustion, rather than actual hunger. Drinking enough water throughout the day will help you keep up with your busy schedule and keep your diet in check.
I suggest buying a pretty water bottle that you’ll love refilling throughout the day! The little things make a big difference. (Read these tips on how to drink water!)
3. DON’T SNACK MINDLESSLY!
One almond, two almond, five almond. It’s healthy, right? Sooner or later, those five almonds turn into twenty-five almonds, and eventually, you’re munching down the entire back! Sound familiar? I think it does to a lot of women!
It’s so easy to bring snacks (even healthy ones) on our busy days and just eat away! This is a huge cause of weight gain, especially if you work a desk job! Instead, I suggest portioning your snacks ahead of time. This makes it so much easier to track!
Some of my favourite healthy snacks are:
- Vegetables and hummus.
- An apple and peanut butter.
- Seaweed snacks.
4. FROZEN FRUIT AND VEGETABLEWS ARE YOUR FRIENDS
If you don’t have a lot of time to go grocery shopping or cut your produce, frozen fruits and vegetables can be a good option. Most fruits and vegetables are snap frozen so they keep their nutrients. This means you’re still getting the essential nutrients you need.
Frozen vegetables are much better than canned vegetables too because they don’t have preservatives in them, and they have more nutrients. So always choose the frozen varieties over canned.
Toss your fruits and vegetables into smoothies, soups, or use them as side dishes. Blended up frozen fruit can also be a great alternative to ice-cream late at night. Yum!
5. BE WISE ABOUT LIQUID CALORIES
All over the internet, people say to avoid drinking your calories. I think this is great advice for things that don’t fill you up. Things like juice, sugary coffee drinks, and alcohol have a lot more calories than you’d think, so it’s best to avoid them!
However, some liquid calories can actually be helpful. For example, making a smoothie is a convenient way to eat fruit, vegetables, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in one easy, tasty meal.
Smoothies aren’t perfect though (it is easy to make them too sweet or too calorie dense), so make sure you’re avoiding these smoothie mistakes!
6. UNDERSTAND YOUR NEEDS AND PLAN AROUND THAT?
Make sure each of your meals has carbohydrates, fat, and protein. These are the three macronutrients that we each need. They help our bodies function correctly.
However, everybody has different dietary needs depending on their body type. Some body types are better with a lower carb diet while others need more carbs.
If you don’t know your body type, take my free body type quiz. It will help you understand how to eat to suit your body type.
7. MAKE GOOD RESATURANT CHOICES
Most of the time, I suggest that you girls cook at home. When you do this, you know exactly what’s in the food you’re making. You can make it in a way that’s best for you.
However, I know this isn’t always realistic. Sometimes you’re too busy to cook. I’ve certainly been there too!
Here are a few things I do at restaurants:
- Swap sides for vegetables.
- Order soup or salad.
- Ask for the dressing on the side.
- Avoid the bread.
- Order water instead of any other beverage.
- Share a meal or sides with friends.
This is a huge topic. Luckily, I’ve already written an entire blog about eating healthy when you eat out.
8. READ FOOD LABELS
Hopefully, most of the food you’ll be cooking contains whole ingredients that don’t have labels. But I know we all buy prepackaged food sometimes. If you’re buying something with nutritional information on the back, read it and compare your choices.
For example, two protein bars may sound similar, but one might have lots more sugar than the other one. Reading labels helps you understand what you’re putting into your body so that you can make the best choice!
9. MAKE YOUR OWN FREEZER MEALS
Freezer meals are great because you can cook them ahead of time without worrying about them spoiling. This is especially handy if you’re just cooking for yourself. It can be hard to eat everything you prepare, and you don’t want to waste food.
I find that soups, stews, and curries freeze the best, but let me know if you have made any great freezer-friendly meals!
10. STAY AHEAD OF YOUR HUNGER
When I get busy, sometimes I forget to eat! This isn’t good either because it just leads to poor decisions and overeating later in the day when I get ravishingly hungry.
You shouldn’t be snacking mindlessly, but don’t let your hunger turn into starvation either! It’s great to keep some small healthy snacks with you at work (or wherever you are!) in case of an emergency. This is always better than grabbing a candy bar from the vending machine!
Hopefully, these tips help you fit healthy eating into your schedule :)
I also have a complete 8-week meal plan aside from my 3 Steps to Lean Legs Program!
I really like following an already complete meal plan because it helps me save time. I don’t have to plan my meals and I can prepare them in advance. So if you are the same, I think you’re really going to like it. It’s a major time saver!
You can learn more about my program below :)
Love Rachael Xx
Not sure if there is anything that can help with this. I always lose weight from my chest first and am now less than an A cup. I have gained weight recently and need to lose about 7lbs/4kg – is there anyway to avoid weight loss in the chest area. I’m perimenopausal and have begun gaining weight in abdominal area (as well as inner thighs and butt area which were always the main areas previously)
Hi lovely, breast tissue is mainly made of fat and glands so if you lose overall fat, it’s evitable to experience some fat loses in the chest area as well. You can read through one of Rachael’s blogs about this as well. Here is the link <3
The link for the meal plan isn’t active
Thanks for letting us know, lovely! We just update the link! :)
Can you please make a separate content on how to stay slim even if you do a 10 hour desk job.
Hi lovely, sure thing! We’ll forward this to our team so we can create more content about this. For now you can check this blog Rachael wrote about 11 Tips to Help You Burn Fat At Work. There are valuable info about staying fit despite busy schedules ♥
I’m 57 yrs old I just had a full hysterectomy. My biggest downfall is the abdominal area. Every other part of my body and lean and mean. But my abdominal. So hard to work with. Can you help me in the right direction. What I should do?
Biggest down fall is Pepsi. I know, not good. Had it since,I was a baby! So so hard to stop drinking it. If I do stop all day. I get a migraine. Can you help!
Getting rid of belly fat is almost 100% related to your diet. The only way to get rid of this fat is to lose overall body fat which is done through consuming less calories than your body uses (eating at a calorie deficit).
As for the workouts, any type of resistance training helps, but generally, HIIT gets the quickest results. High-intensity cardio such as running also helps a lot.
If you need more help or tips, you can contact us at email@example.com :)
Am trying to load/read blog post on slim down thighs & irs always an error
I also book the ebook 3 steps etc but somehow manage to delete exercises but still have recipes
Please try reloading the page or using a different browser. I have resent you the download links! :) If you have any questions please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! xx