Healthy living Even When Life Happens

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As many of us know from experience, life can get chaotic. Always on the go—whether it’s balancing school, work, or family; it can get overwhelming at times. With so much going on, it can become easy to lose sight of one’s health and fitness goals. Grabbing whatever is fast and cheap maybe ideal in the moment, but the calories and cholesterol add up. Not having time and or energy to go to the gym or workout can also take its toll on one’s health. Although we are busy, it is imperative we still take care of ourselves. After all, no one will take care of you like you will. There are several ways to make your healthy lifestyle more compatible with your busy schedule.   

Meal Prepping

For those who are not familiar, meal prepping is something that one would typically do on a Sunday. This consists of cooking meals or “preparing” meals for the upcoming week, so you don’t have to worry about lunch or dinner throughout the week. This is a huge time saver, and it allows you to focus on other things throughout the week without compromising your clean eating. After a long day at work, coming home to cook dinner can be less than appealing. It takes the enjoyment out of cooking when you are tired and have several things to get done prior to going to bed. When I have to cook after work I tend to go for ease and convenience rather than necessarily healthy meals. Meal prepping is a great alternative. It allows you to leisurely cook and actually enjoy cooking. I usually do this on Sunday’s while enjoying a glass of wine. Make cooking fun; make it something you share with the people in your household, whether it is your children, your boyfriend, or your roommates. Meal prepping also gives you time back during the week. It allows you to go to the gym after work and not worry about what’s for dinner, because you already got it covered.


Clean Snacking

One of the best things you can do when facing a busy day is to keep snacks on you. Not just any snacks, but nutritious snacks. This can help keep your energy levels up throughout the day. When you are on the go, and hunger creeps up, it can be tempting to make bad food choices. Keeping a couple snacks in your bag or backpack can help you not only make healthy choices, but possibly save money as well. Instead of spending five dollars on a cookie or croissant in Starbucks, why not indulge in a Ziploc full of pretzels from your pantry. It may not seem like a lot of money at initial glance; but these outings add up. Especially, if it becomes a weekly or even daily habit. A few snacks that are good while on the go are pretzels, baby carrots, yogurt, trail mix and fruit (i.e. an apple, banana or an orange). Typically, when people are out and get hungry, fast food quickly becomes the solution. Keeping healthy snacks on your person will help to deter you from eating empty calories when hunger strikes.


Utilize Your Time

We talked about utilizing your time to ensure you have access to healthy food options throughout the week; but that is only half the battle. The other half is finding the time to work out. Start bringing your gym clothes with you to the office; it can help motivate you to go after work. If you lug a gym bag all the way to work, you will be more inclined to go to the gym as for it not had been for nothing. When you have to go home to change clothes, the momentum to go may die a bit. Although I am a big advocate for going to the gym, sometimes you just cannot make it. When this happens workout at home! YouTube is filled with glorious 30-minute workout videos that you can partake in while dinner is cooking, or while you wait for your load of laundry to finish. Find ways to add in your workout throughout the day. Do squats while you do the dishes, or do lunges while moping the floor. Find something that works for you, and make it a habit for those days you cannot make it to the gym. You will not only feel better due to all the endorphins running through your body, but there is great satisfaction in knowing you utilized your entire day.



Conquer Your Mental

Mentality is everything. When life gets so busy that you no longer have time for yourself, it can become easy to mentally give up. “Why watch what I eat to stay in shape when I never have time to work out.” This is just one example of a negative thought used to validate an unhealthy lifestyle. This negative reinforcement does not necessarily have to be negative. One might even tell themselves, “I got a lot done today; I deserve to eat a little bad.” No, what you deserve is to feel comfortable in your favorite pair of jeans. Conquering your mental is imperative to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. When life gets busy, it takes more of an effort to make healthy choices.

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