People often feel overwhelmed trying to balance life, work, loved ones, fun, holidays, and endless to-do lists.
HOW, you ask, am I also expected to eat HEALTHILY???
You see, timing isn’t really the thing here.
I speak to lots of people who say they are too busy to cook or too busy to opt for something healthier when they do have time to watch two or three episodes of a favourite series on a given night.
I get that people (I am 100% guilty of this!) are often too busy so end up grabbing something on the run- nibbles, protein bars, processed snacks…
But realistically, if this is happening as your ‘norm’ something has to give. And your health should always be pretty high up on your to do list. You need energy and your health to look after yourself and your loved ones.
Here are some simple ways you can start to become a little more self-centred in a very good and healthy way- in order for you to start feeling as BEST you can:
1. Drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Get up in the morning and start your day with a pint of water. End your day with at least a 250 ml glass of water and you’re a third of the way there! Carry the rest on your bag and swig as needed!
2. Carry healthy snacks. If the temptation is there and you’re not prepared, you will find it harder to resist. Carry almonds, nut butter, rice cakes, dark chocolate, fruit, greek yoghurt etc…
3. Eat breakfast. It sets you up for the day and will keep you focused, less likely to crave caffeine and sugar all day for energy and it will help balance your blood sugar if it contains a good mix of protein and fat!
4. Add green veggies to every meal. And mix it up. Think courgetti with green beans and some spinach- all tossed in garlic and olive oil. YUM!
5. Avoid sauces where possible. Keep it simple instead. Olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Delicious.
6. Don’t be afraid of fat. Fat is needed by all of our cells. It is not optional. It is a requirement.
7. Supplement. Very few people actually get the correct amount of micros and macros for their needs on a daily basis. For example, if you are taking a contraceptive pill, you should be supplementing with a decent b complex. The pill depletes your levels of vitamin b. Scary stuff.
8. Take breaks. Go for a walk, get some air, go for a coffee, listen to a podcast, read a book. Whatever your ‘thing’, go do it.
9. Love yourself. Go easy on yourself. Be gentle on yourself.
10. Surround yourself with people who make you feel good, think nice thoughts and value your word. If they don’t deserve you, don’t stoop to their level.
Notice that the last three of these aren’t even about food or nutrition.
Just you taking care of #1.