Having your fingers in a lot of pies doesn’t have to mean you let your nutrition and fitness fall off the way side (foodie pun intended). Here is how I manage to keep up with my healthy eating habits and fitness routine while keeping all the other balls in the air simultaneously:
I normally thoroughly enjoy cooking, so I am not always the biggest bulk meal-prepper, since I like cooking up a nice meal for myself when I have the time. However, when my week is looking packed, I have no problem resorting to batch cooking healthy meals ahead of time. I typically prep things “family style”, meaning I take my fridge into a giant buffet. I just make sure everything is as close to its ready-to-eat state as possible, so I can mix and match things onto a plate come mealtime. I also make sure I utilize as many cooking methods at a time, so that I can be more efficient (though this may take a bit of practice).
For example, I may have some brown rice cooking in the Instant Pot, some chicken + a pan of root vegetables in the oven, and some green beans steaming on the stove, while I am also shredding some cabbage to add to salads throughout the week. Once you have a system, 1hr in the kitchen could be all you need to have your meals squared away for the next few days!
Pre-cut veggies and pre-cooked chicken may be a bit pricier, but they are vastly healthier than take-out. The same goes with meal prep companies!
Make Time for Movement
When you get busy, it’s easy for your training regimen to get put on the backburner. Still, you will feel more energized and sleep better (more on that later on) if you find ways to incorporate some movement into your busy day. It doesn’t have to mean 2hrs in the gym or a super intense interval training class (or run)! When stress is high, you don’t necessarily want to add more stress in the form of hard physical exercise on top of it. Try booking yourself in for a yoga class or going for a walk at lunch!
Pencil It In
The main tip I have if you feel like you don’t have time to cook or move is to put it on the calendar! Eating well and moving your body are acts of self-care, and they need to be honoured like any other commitment. In the next section we are going to talk about planning ahead, and this applies to nutrition and movement, too.
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