How To Build Healthy Habits For Busy People

Changing your lifestyle can be challenging.

When you're juggling work, family, and other responsibilities, you may feel like you don't have time to fit anything else into your busy schedule.

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Eating well and following a healthy diet is not only based on the act of eating itself, but also on how we do it and with whom. You have to stop, change places, sit down, set the table, relax and spend enough time eating and chewing food.

If meals become disorganized, it's easy to lose a sense of control over what and how much you eat and end up picking here and there.

If you're considering adopting a healthy eating diet, we've got good news. It doesn’t have to be hard, here are a few tips to help you build a healthy lifestyle while having a busy life:

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  • Make Your Water Bottle Your Best Friend

Having easy access to water not only helps you stay hydrated throughout the day, it also helps with weight loss, detoxifying your body and boosting energy.
 
  • Plan Your Meals For The Week Ahead

It may seem time-consuming, but you'll see how much time you save planning meals. Before the week begins, plan your nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners and make sure you have the food to prepare them. Writing this meal plan is helpful (perhaps keep a calendar).

 

  • Pack Your Lunch And Snacks The Night Before

Invest in reusable containers. In the morning, all you have to do is grab them from the fridge and you’re set for the day. The benefit of using containers is that you can control your portions while enjoying lunch with your friends and co-workers.

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  • Make Vegetables And Fruits Your First Option​​​​​​​

Eating vegetables, legumes and fruits daily is essential when we decide to improve our diet. This does not make your diet boring, you have thousands of different ways to play with them and enjoy the flavours of these foods.

 

Snacks are a realistic part of all lifestyles, just like your water bottle, you will want to keep some energy-boosting, healthy snacks with you. You can keep a bag of nuts and dried fruit in your gym bag or backpack.

 An extra fresh fruit or a bag of oil-free popcorn are also great snacks to take with you. It doesn't take up much space and definitely won't weigh down your bag. 

Keep protein bars in your bag or car for emergencies.

Hot Tip:

If fresh veggies have a tendency to spoil before you can use them, don’t be afraid to pack your freezer full of a variety of frozen veggies.

 

Always have healthy snacks on hand if you find yourself without lunch. Have something at your desk or workplace that you like and fits your nutritional needs.

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  • Cook a little more next time when you prepare your meals

It will always be well received. This can also make your weekly healthy meal plan even easier. If you know you'll be cooking dinner two or three times a week, you can plan to have the leftovers for lunch the next day.

 

  • Prioritizing breakfast

Research has shown the importance of starting the day right.  Eating breakfast is linked to good health, including better memory and concentration. Choose high protein, low sugar, and healthy fats to start your day. Have your breakfast preferably within 90 minutes of waking up.

 

Healthy eating habits can be created with just a few small changes every day. Think of your diet as something positive and not as an obligation.

 

Starting to change all this can take time and can overwhelm us at first, so it is always advisable to ask for help from a professional who can guide you through this process.

 

BLOG POST CREATED BY VANESSA KEANE, DIETITIAN

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