A career as an executive or entrepreneur entails one of the busiest and most unpredictable lifestyles. There are times when it can bear quite a burden on your body. And without health, business pursuits rarely mean much. It’s hard to be at peak performance when your body is falling behind.
This might sound familiar: You wake up early in the morning, grab a cup of coffee and immediately rush out of the house to make it in time for your 8 a.m. work meeting. You haven’t gotten a chance to eat anything all morning, but you need to tackle your long to-do list for the day. Life gets hectic at times, so eating healthy foods may seem difficult. However, there are multiple ways to incorporate healthy eating into your lifestyle. Here are five healthy eating tips for busy people like you:
Keep a stash of snacks.
Leave some snacks in your bag, in your car and even at your desk. When you are busy running to meetings, you may randomly get struck by hunger. During those times, you might be tempted to grab a bag of candy or chips at the closest convenience store. Instead, keep healthy snacks on hand, such as an apple or banana, nuts or whole grain crackers. If you have a refrigerator at work, leave some plain Greek yogurt, fresh fruit cups, string cheese or hummus with baby carrots in there. Always make sure you have a filling, nutritious snack on you so you aren’t tempted to reach for those sugary snack bars and bags of chips.
Take some time to prepare each week.
Before heading to the grocery store, make a list of staple foods such as bread, bagels, nut butter, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, bags of pre-washed salad, sweet potatoes and more. Set aside some time over the weekend to wash, cut and prepare your vegetables, meats and grains for the week. Some great options are making a batch of rice, pre-roasting veggies, chopping up raw salad veggies and cooking your protein in bulk. Portion out your foods into resealable containers so you won’t need to cook every day. It’s surprising how time- and resource-efficient this batch cooking and preparation method can be.
Invest in a slow cooker.
If you don’t own a slow cooker, it might be time to consider getting one. This appliance cooks anything from stews to soups to meats. You just throw all the ingredients in and wait for four to eight hours, depending on your dish. The convenient thing is that it can cook overnight – so before you head to bed, throw all your ingredients in, and it will be ready for you in the morning! Or, throw them into the slow cooker in the morning, and let it cook all day. You can prepare a great meal of proteins, vegetables and sauce this way.