One of the biggest struggles that most people face today is a hectic schedule. Its hard to eat healthy when you are busy, right? I know myself personally, with running my own business and doing wildlife rehabilitation, the busyness of the day can easily get to me. In my case a few years ago, I never took time to stop and eat the way I knew I was supposed to and took on way too much. One day I fell over with chest pains, and was taken to the ER, a few months later I was diagnosed with an unusual genetic condition exacerbated by stress, skipping meals, and not making myself a priority. One afternoon, I was in my cardiologist office and they told me they didn’t know how to help me. I came home very upset and to be honest scared! I took a step back, and I really had to stop and look at what I was doing (and not doing). Long story short, I am happy to say now feel better than ever. Now I did many things in my protocol, and here is just one of them. I made sure that I had healthy food on the go (so I wouldn’t skip meals like I did) and so want to share some of the tips that I used to help you as well.
Tip #1: Take Foods That Are Easy to Pack
One of the best and easiest things you can do is to start taking food with you or have it handy at home and ready for snacking. Here are a few types of foods that may be helpful:
- Fruit and Veggies (chopped and prepared ahead of time) and hummus or similar dip
- Smoothie (if you plan to drink it within 30 mins or so)
- Nuts, seeds and dried fruit are great (you can make your own trail mix)
- Whole Food Snack Bars (such as Kind bar) read the labels some are packed with sugar.
- Sandwiches or wraps
- String cheese or cheese cubes
- Hard boiled eggs
Tip #2: Prepare Ahead of Time
Just because you have had a busy day doesn’t mean you have to resort to fast food or processed foods for dinner. I know for me personally since I am gluten-free is very difficult for me to get a decent meal outside of the home. Fast food is not an option, and most restaurants are not dedicated to allergy menus. So , I plan my meals ahead of time batch cook and then freeze them. Then if I’m in a rush it’s easier for me to heat up my healthy meal or even take it with me and heat it up at a friends house (if they are not GF). Then, I know I have a good meal that I’m not going to have any kind of reactions and can eat healthier and nourish my body (which is critical for me) . I even resort to the old trusty crockpot a lot and it has been very very helpful if you are busy.
I hope this is something that is helpful to you, if you are super busy and have fallen ill due to burn out reach out and see if I have any resources that may be helpful to you.