How many times have you told yourself that healthy eating just isn’t a serious option for you, because you’re far too busy? So many of us tell ourselves things like this! We think that we don’t have time to cook or to prepare wholesome meals, or we tell ourselves that we’ll start eating better in a few months, once things settle down a little bit.
Of course though, it’s so easy to get trapped in this cycle. You might find yourself eating too much convenience food, ordering a takeaway too often, or reaching for the biscuit tin whenever you feel a bit stressed and overwhelmed at work. Though we all enjoy a little treat now and again, doing these things can start to have a real impact on your energy and your general wellbeing.
Here’s how to get started with getting your eating back on the right track…
Assess the situation and be honest with yourself
It’s so easy to allow yourself to believe that you’re eating reasonably well most of the time. But if you’re totally honest with yourself, is that actually true? If you’re not sure, try keeping a food diary for a couple of weeks. Make a note of absolutely everything that you eat, and don’t be tempted to leave anything out – even if it’s just a mouthful of pizza, or a small glass of wine! This approach is likely to make you more mindful of what you’re putting in your body, and it’ll help you to identify where you might be going wrong. You might find it useful to download this great free printable food diary to keep you motivated.
Spend a little time creating a meal plan
Most poor food decisions are made because we’re short on time and just grab whatever might be available. A good food plan will keep you organised, cut down the amount of waste you create, save you money, and ensure that you eat a healthy and balanced diet. Dedicate just half an hour on a Sunday evening to planning your meals for the week ahead. You can then do an online food shop to fit in with your plans.
Fall back in love with cooking
Cooking is one of those simple pleasures that can be so satisfying. In fact, there’s nothing I love more than cooking up a delicious meal whilst I unwind after a long day at the office. Turn up the radio, and get stuck in! If you haven’t cooked in a while, make it your mission to do so. You don’t have to commit to making something complicated every night of the week, but by getting a bit more creative, you can make sure that you’re eating healthy without compromising on taste.
Making a few changes to your diet can make such a difference to how you look and feel, and even if you’re super busy, there are always some small things that you can do to make sure that you’re eating healthy.
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