by: Dan Karrels, Personal Trainer & Certified Athletic Trainer
Tips for an Improved Diet with a Busy Schedule
Today’s society never fails to keep us on the go. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that the majority of people in the US eat out at least 3 to 4 times a week. Aside from the dent that this puts in our wallets, many people fail to recognize the detrimental affects this can have on their nutrition and overall health. Whether it’s eating out too much, or not realizing you haven’t eaten all day, our health takes a major hit when our nutrition consistently stumbles. We all know this, but unfortunately for many people it takes a good wake up call (or three) to really start making the necessary changes.
Many companies provide, or have the ability to provide convenient options for meals for their employees. Unfortunately, a good portion of the meals provided are not considered healthy, but it’s convenient and is seen as a “benefit” to employees. Whether it’s the company providing this, or you’re spending your own money on this, it’s time we all make a change. Don’t just say you are going to change or eat healthier; you must have a plan, and this time no excuses. Use some of these pointers to help keep you on a healthier eating schedule during your busy week.
Forget the daily doughnut party at work, I know, I’m sorry. Skip your morning Starbucks, Kwik Trip, or McDonalds stop. Find healthier options that can be prepared the night before or quickly in the morning. Maybe see if your company can provide breakfast granola/protein bars, smoothies, or oatmeal at work. Super easy and budget friendly for the company. So instead of crashing from your doughnut carb and sugar high two hours into the day, you will be charged up enough to make it to lunch and be more productive.
PACK YOUR OWN LUNCH. Break the habit of going out 3-4 times a week, because most of the time these are larger portions than needed and it all adds up in the end. Plan your meals, cook in bulk, freeze leftovers, or whatever you have to do. You will save money, and most likely won’t be eating as many calories if losing weight is your goal.
For most people who have unpredictable schedules, it is probably wise to always have a snack handy. Keep some fruit stocked in your car or office and maybe some granola bars just to help give you a little boost at the end of the day, or if you unexpectedly have to stay late. This also comes in handy for a good pre-workout meal if you are hitting the gym right after work like many of our clients do. It is also important to stay hydrated and have some fuel so you can push it a little harder in your workout and not crash halfway in.
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