When you’re on a mission to live healthier, many things can be used as a crutch to keep you from making the changes you’re seeking.
“I don’t have time to eat healthy.”
“I’m so busy.”
“It’s just HARD.”
These are all valid to an extent. Life gets busy and carving out time to prepare healthy meals and workout can be hard – but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few of my best tips for making healthy just a little bit easier!
I say this in quotations, because everyone has a different definition. It could be chopping or roasting some veggies and hard-boiling some eggs, or it could be preparing all your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the week in advance.
Personally, I find that roasting some sort of veggie and sweet potatoes for dinners, hard-boiling eggs for snacks, and cooking up some quinoa to throw into lunches for the week is more than enough to help me get by. Taking an hour or so on Sunday to prep for the week ahead will help you rest easier come Monday knowing you have some healthy options to build meals around.
Pack lunch the night before
This one can be a pain at first, but quickly becomes a habit! I usually pack my lunch while dinner is cooking, or right after while I’m cleaning up. Not only does packing lunch save a ton of money, but it gives you the opportunity to control what’s going into your food to ensure you’re eating something nutritious. I know I feel much more energized after eating a lunch I packed myself than eating out – and no one likes feeling lethargic and snoozy at work!
Buy healthy foods
Simple, but crucial. Buying healthy foods in your weekly grocery haul will make all the difference! By simple swaps like normal potatoes for sweet potatoes, pasta for quinoa, and by stocking up on tons of fresh produce, making healthy meals will be your only option. If you’re worried about cost – check out what’s on sale and shop produce that’s in season. Saving a buck here and there adds up and can help you keep your total down!
Always have snacks
ALWAYS! Spur of the moment hanger is real, so being armed with a healthy snack will help ensure you make healthy food decisions. Fruit, nuts, nut butter packets, and healthy bars are easy options to throw into a purse or backpack to have ready for when hunger strikes.
I pack snacks each day for work, but I keep a big mason jar of almonds and some nut butter packets/emergency bars in my desk drawer for days when I don’t seem to pack enough.
Eat a good breakfast
I swear by this one. Not only does it get your metabolism up and revving right away, but it also sets the tone for the rest of your day. By eating something healthy in the morning, you’ll be motivated to keep it up throughout the rest of the day.
If a time crunch is inhibiting you from eating a good breakfast, put something together the night before to have ready. I always make overnight oats to have ready for breakfast on the run.
Workout in the morning
Getting your workout done before you begin your day is a great way to make sure you fit one in! The hours after the work day are limited, and its easy for things to pop up that prevent you from making it to your workout. You’ll thank yourself for getting in an early morning sweat session when you have the freedom to do what you want to do at the end of the day.
Make healthy a priority
This is perhaps the most important tip of all. By telling yourself that this is something that’s important to you, and making the effort to ensure you follow through is the key to achieving your version of healthy.
By incorporating some of these habits into your day to day life, I promise you’ll find that healthy living does not have to be hard, and is actually pretty simple!
What are some of your favorite tips, tricks, or habits for healthy living?
What do you think are some of the greatest barriers to healthy living?
XO – Bailee