One of the hardest parts of having a tight schedule is maintaining a well-balanced diet. When we factor in all time spent at work, school or in the gym, there sometimes doesn’t seem enough time to head to the store and buy a bunch of healthy groceries.
Sometimes, when we have been working so hard throughout the day, it’s hard to say no to a quick and easy glazed donut when we are only able to catch a break from the grind.
However, not only does eating fast food full of highly-refined sugar and additives hinder our ability to achieve our fitness goals, but repeatedly making poor food choices can quickly become a damaging habit that is hard to shake.
Here are our tips to help you keep your diet in check and eat healthy during a hectic period.
Planning ahead could be the difference between a week of clean eating and fitness gains or a bunch of poorly fuelled workouts and unhealthy snacking.
So, take a look at your schedule and have a look to see what places are nearby that meeting you have in a few days.
Also, if you find yourself with a little downtime and a smartphone at hand, take a quick Google search to find restaurants in your current area that specialize in serving up healthy foods.
Consciously making a choice to visit a specific restaurant before hunger hits will help you to refrain from making bad food choices and grabbing the easy option.
Typically, most eateries will post their menu online – so you could even call to place an order beforehand and have them get it ready to coincide with your lunch hour.
Alternatively, if you’re not able to collect your food yourself, delivery services such as Deliveroo enable hungry customers to order directly from restaurants who specialize in serving up healthy dishes.
Being able to filter your own personal preferences can also help to save a lot of time when choosing where to order from.
For example, people following everything from a mainly meat-based diet to a vegetarian or vegan one, are able to browse food places that specifically cater for their dietary requirements.
Meaning there’s less time spent scrolling through irrelevant places if you are solely searching for vegan restaurants, and more time spent on important tasks.
Meal prepping has become one of the go-to methods for everyone from gym hobbyists to outright professional athletes to ensure their diet consistently stays on track.
Not only is meal prepping a convenient way to make sure we get all the vital nutrients our body needs to sustain us throughout the day; it is also a great method to control portion sizes and exactly what goes into our stomach.
The meal prep concept is simple, batch-cook multiple healthy dishes all within one timeframe and store them to be enjoyed later on.
This method is perfect for people who find they have little time throughout the week to cook but do have a little extra free time on the weekends. Most preppers head for Sunday afternoon as it is the day when the majority of us are not working and are at rest.
If you’re thinking of giving prepping a go, try to aim for well-balanced sources of carbohydrates, fats and proteins when piecing together your meals.
These three macronutrients are the important fundamental building blocks of what makes up a healthy well-balanced diet. Carbohydrates and fats will fuel your body throughout the day, whilst proteins will help your muscles to repair, maintain and grow.
Finally, if the only thing keeping you out of the kitchen is a lack of ideas, search #mealprepsunday on Instagram or Twitter for a little inspiration.
It’s not that tricky to eat healthy even if your schedule is tight – the point is to be smart about it rather than panic. We hope you try some of our tips and let us know how you did.