Healthy Eating Habits When You're on the Run
Today’s busy professionals have hectic schedules not including the endless traveling, running late, fighting traffic, or being stuck at work until wee hours. The trouble with always-on-the-run lifestyle is that you can easily forfeit healthy eating and succumb to junk, fast foods and sugary treats. With no time to exercise, you can find yourself in the jaws of obesity and other lifestyle diseases.
In this article, we are going to walk you through 5 critical tips on how to eat on the run.
(1) Load Up on Veggies and Fruits
Fruits and veggies are hands down the healthiest foods of all time. Best of all, they are incredibly portable. As such, there’s simply no excuse not to have several fruits or some sliced veggies on your office desk or in your car. These healthy snacks will come in handy when you feel hungry, saving you several snack runs to the vending machine
(2) Have a Menu Plan
Once the week starts, you’ll not have time to plan your healthy menu. The rule of thumb is to prepare your menu on Sunday or Monday. It’ll offer you an opportunity to keep a tab on your menu planning throughout the week as well as a plan to use up what you have in your pantry or fridge. Did anyone forget to use the vegetables in the crisper?
Planning your menu offers a twofold benefit: (1) you’ll make sure that your meals are well-balanced and healthier, (2) you’ll get the recipes ready well in advance, saving you time when it comes to cooking.
(3) Watch Your Portion Sizes
Busy life on the go means that you’ll stop for fast foods once in a while. If you must, ensure that you go for the smaller size for your meals. Even if you eat home-cooked meals, ensure that you serve small portions. This way, you’ll have no trouble regulating your calorie intake.
(4) Go For Grilled When Possible
You see, the breaded and fried chicken or meats that most fast food eateries offer are extremely high in fat and calories. Don’t stuff your mouth with these. Instead, opt for healthy side dishes or grilled chicken sandwiches made with a healthy bread option.
(5) Never Skip Breakfast
Sure, you are in a hurry to beat traffic and get to your early morning meetings. However, skipping breakfast is a big no-no. After all, your mom was right - breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Besides, skipping breakfast has been known to increase diabetes and obesity risks, as well as cause morning moodiness.
(6) Stay Hydrated
Whether you like it or not, water is crucial to your health. Always get plenty of it while you are at the office and you can also keep a bottle handy in your handbag. Remember water does the body good so fill up.