Published on 3/2/2017 and Edited 7/28/2017

It can be a real challenge for busy women to eat nutritious meals. There is the time issue – just not enough time in the day for shopping, preparation, and cooking. This means that busy women often eat ready-made meals, which are high in fat, salt and sugar content.

Then there is the fact that very often, busy women will eat out more often, especially at fast food restaurants. This means eating foods high in fat and calories and lacking in the nutrients the body needs.

It’s possible for busy women like you to eat healthier. Believe it or not, eating healthier will actually make you more productive.

Here are 5-ways busy women like you and I can eat healthier daily: 

Always eat breakfast.

This is the most skipped meal of the day. But it is the most important meal. Skipping breakfast can lead to weight problems and diabetes.

What makes a great, healthy breakfast? Foods rich in fiber. Fiber-rich foods make the feeling of being full last much longer, therefore reducing the tendency to snack. Foods like whole oats oatmeal, whole grain cereal, fruits, and vegetables.

Protein from eggs is also a great way to nourish the body in the morning.

Foods with high sugar content and low fiber (doughnuts and pastries) should be avoided.

Plan ahead.

As a busy woman, you already plan in advance to get things done. You would never think about going to an important meeting without planning for it, right?

Eating healthy requires the same planning. When should this be done? Everyone’s schedule is different, but it should be possible to use some time in the week to plan for meals. (For example, I plan my meals on Saturday evenings and get the groceries on Sundays after church.)

Weekends could be good days to use some time to prepare and plan meals. Remember to also plan your snacks, and make sure that you have healthy options.

Even the busiest women can take advantage of the many stores that sell prepared baked chicken, to save cooking time and have a source of healthy protein on hand.

Stay hydrated.

A healthy body requires fluid. Make sure you have water with you if your office doesn’t provide it. Drink water frequently during the day. Don’t overdo the coffee intake. Avoid sugary drinks like soda and remember that fruit juices are often high in sugars and low in fiber.

Snack between meals.

The key to healthy snacking is to find foods that have as much nutritional value as possible, that will fill you up so you aren’t hungry again a short time later.

For example, a 100-calorie pack of chips or cookies will leave you feeling hungry again soon. And they are not providing you with any nutrients. If you eat a banana and a few almonds, you are eating something nutritious (vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc.) that will fill you up longer (and help you feel better) and help you avoid the sugar crash.

The more “whole foods” (unprocessed or minimally processed) you eat, the better.

Have different snacks during the week to keep it interesting and to increase the different types of nutrients you are getting.

 Eat healthier at restaurants.

When at restaurants choose the healthier options. Many menus now have the calorie total for each meal and this can be a good guide. If there are no calorie guides then stick to this rule of thumb: meats should be grilled, potatoes boiled or mashed and vegetables steamed. Soups are good for entrees and for deserts choose fruits.

Make it convenient.

At first, healthy eating can be difficult. But the keys to successfully reaching your goal is to never forget why you want to do this in the first place, have fun, and never stop learning. There are so many healthy food options. There’s also a very long list of healthy habits that may work for you that didn’t work for me or vice versa.

Explore and find out what work for YOU!

Keep healthier food options available. When you don’t have much time or are on the go, healthy snacks are a lifesaver.

There are grocery stores in your area that can provide you with plenty of healthy grab-and-go options such as Whole Foods and Fresh Market. Grab-and-Go options can help you stay on the right track when you just don’t feel like cooking a meal.

Some people I know would prefer to not grocery shop but are open to preparing food a few nights a week. If that’s you, there are several subscription food options available such as Grabmarket who delivers fresh food from local farmers directly to your home or office. 

You can also have farm-fresh poultry, eggs, produce, meat, and other items delivered, saving you a trip to the store or farmer’s market.

These 5 tips to eat healthier daily are very easy to implement. It just takes a bit of planning. But definitely worth it! 

Your Partner In Health,
Monica Bundy

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