5 Tips for Eating Healthily When You’re Busy

For my 40th birthday my Mum gave me a slow cooker!

At the time I thought it was the most depressing present ever (I might have been 40 mum…but, come on!!)

5 years later…

OK, I'd admit it, I blooming love it! And I now use it tactically to help me to make better food (mainly dinner) choices when I am really busy.

Are you struggling to find the time to eat healthily while juggling a busy schedule?

You're not alone!

In today's fast-paced world, it can be challenging to balance a busy lifestyle while maintaining a healthy diet.

It can be difficult to find the time and energy to keep up eating healthily.

With so many responsibilities and commitments, it can feel overwhelming to prioritise our own health and wellbeing.

However, eating a balanced diet is essential for maintaining good health and boosting your energy levels.

Some of the challenges that busy women face when it comes to eating healthily:

  • Lack of time to plan and prepare healthy meals
  • Limited access to healthy food options, especially when on-the-go
  • High stress levels, which can lead to emotional eating or unhealthy food choices
  • Difficulty balancing work and personal life, leaving little time for self-care and healthy habits

These challenges can make it seem impossible to maintain a healthy diet, but with some simple strategies and mindset shifts, it is possible to eat healthily even when life gets hectic.

Tips for Healthy Eating as a Busy Woman

  1. Plan Ahead: Taking the time to plan your meals and snacks for the week can make a big difference in sticking to a healthy diet. Dedicate an hour each week to meal prep, and make sure to include a variety of healthy options such as lean proteins, whole grains, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  2. Make Healthy Swaps: Instead of reaching for processed or convenient food options, try making healthy swaps that are just as convenient. For example, swap a bag of crisps for a piece of fruit, or opt for a salad instead of fries when eating out.
  3. Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand: When hunger strikes, it can be tempting to reach for whatever is most convenient. To avoid making unhealthy choices, keep healthy snacks on hand such as nuts, seeds, fruit, and pre-cut veggies.
  4. Don't Skip Meals: Skipping meals can lead to overeating or making unhealthy choices later on. Make sure to prioritise eating regular meals throughout the day, even if that means packing a lunch or bringing snacks with you on-the-go.
  5. Practice Mindful Eating: Eating mindfully can help you tune into your body's hunger and fullness cues, and can also reduce stress and emotional eating. Take the time to savor your meals, chew slowly, and be present in the moment – rather than just shoveling food into your mouth whilst still working. 
  6. Use a Slow Cooker (!) to Make Easy, Healthy Meal. A slow cooker can be your best friend! Slow cookers are perfect for making soups, stews, and casseroles. I even do a chilli con carne in it! Simply add your ingredients, set the timer, and let the appliance do the work for you.

By implementing strategies like planning ahead, making healthy swaps, and keeping healthy snacks on hand you can stay on track with your healthy eating goals.

Remember, small changes can make a big impact, so start small and be kind to yourself along the way.

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