How to Make Healthy Eating More Convenient
You’d love to make healthy eating a part of your life, but you’re just so busy!
You’re always running around and have so much to do!
Work, family time, social time, where is the time to eat healthy?
You want to eat healthy, but it seems much more convenient to just make a PB & J sandwich, a pizza, or have a bowl of cereal.
I know this, because I’ve done it.
Some days I’m busy, come home tired and I’ll eat the first thing I can find – whether that is healthy or not.
Because in those situations I just want food that require the least amount of work, regardless of what it is.
The easier it is to prepare and the faster I can get it the more likely I am to eat it.
You’re probably the same way.
I’m sure you know what to eat. You know that scarfing down Big Macs isn’t healthy eating, but knowing and doing are two separate things.
You want to know how to make healthy eating more convenient? Read on.
Buy Healthy Food
Whoa, big shocker here! It seems obvious, but this is an often ignored step of this whole healthy eating lifestyle. In order to eat healthy, you have to have healthy foods in your house. Take one or two days per week to go to the grocery store and stock up on healthy foods. These foods can include some of the following:
- Lean Protein (Chicken, fish, seafood, lean cuts of beef, eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt, whey protein, lentils, beans)
- Fruits and Vegetables (Aim for a wide variety of colorful fruits and veggies. In season fruits and veggies are best)
- Whole Grains (Oats, brown rice, wild rice, quinoa)
- Healthy fats (Fish oil, extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, raw nuts and seeds)
Also, if you have any junk food in your house you’re eventually going to eat it. Accept this. Eliminating the junk food you have in your house in the first place makes it much easier to eat healthy and will limit your temptations.
Prepare Healthy Food Ahead of Time
To make healthy eating more convenient you have to make it readily available and that means preparing food ahead of time. The easiest way to do this is to prepare food in bulk 1-2 times per week (Something I talk about in this best-selling course).
Try grilling 6-8 chicken breasts at a time, making a big pot of healthy stew (Yummly is a great site for finding recipes) or preparing a healthy meal in a slow cooker. You can save the chicken for a few days and divide the stew into a few small containers to have throughout the week.
Do you like eggs for breakfast? Blend a dozen eggs, store them in a container and simply pour as needed for a quick omelette.
Take 10 Minutes to Plan Each Week
What do you have going on this week? Are you busier at work than normal? Are you going to have time to cook your meals? What is the best day to prepare food ahead of time?
Thinking about questions such as these and taking time to plan your week will help you make healthy eating more convenient. If you know that Thursday you aren’t going to have much time for dinner then you can plan ahead and make sure you have food ready to reheat quickly when you get home or have stock your fridge with a few healthy pre-packaged meals (Which I mention in a little while).
You don’t have to spend an entire day planning your week, nor should you, but taking a few minutes out of your day to do so will surely help you.
Stock Your House With Quick and Easy Healthy Snacks
When you don’t have much time, or are on the go, quick and easy healthy snacks are a lifesaver. These foods are great for when you just need a little something to eat, but aren’t ready for a meal just yet. Healthy snacks comprise some of the following foods:
- Proteins: Beef jerky, hard-boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, string cheese, whey protein
- Veggies: Baby carrots, celery sticks, cucumber slices
- Fruits: Bananas, apples, pears, oranges
- Healthy Fats: Almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanut butter, almond butter
You can combine a few of these nutrient-dense healthy foods to create great healthy snacks for wherever you are.
Make a List of 4-5 Quick Go To Recipes
Having a few go to healthy recipes that don’t take much time to prepare can make healthy eating much more convenient.
52 Healthy Meals in 12 Minutes or Less should give you a few ideas for healthy recipes.
You can also check out 25 Healthy Recipes Ready in 20 Minutes or Less for even more options.
Do you follow the Paleo diet? You check out this book for some great recipes.
If you want some vegetarian options check out A Couple Cooks.
Armed with a list of your top 4-5 choices you’ll be able to easily choose which ones you want to prepare each week (Assuming of course that you’ll plan your week and know which days you’ll have time to cook so you’ll go to the grocery store and have the ingredients ready).
Make a List of a Few Local Healthy Restaurants
Going out to eat but still want a healthy meal that tastes good?
A fantastic website to use is the Healthy Dining Finder. This website allows you to find the healthiest restaurants near you, profiling the healthiest options at each place.
Regardless of where you end up going, focusing on a large portion of protein and plenty of veggies is the key. If you are opting for a salad, ask to have the dressing on the side. Dressing often accounts for a tremendous amount of calories and limiting this can make your meal much healthier.
Create a Social Environment that Supports Healthy Eating
Does your husband or wife eat unhealthy? Divorce them.
Does your boyfriend or girlfriend eat unhealthy? Break up with them.
Does your roommate eat unhealthy? Move out.
Ok, you may not have to go to those extremes, but being around other people who eat healthy makes it much easier to do so yourself. Of course, you also have the power to influence how others eat, so by developing healthier eating habits you might just influence those around you to do the same.
Creating a social environment that supports healthy eating will make doing so more convenient and help you eat healthy for a lifetime.
Know Your Grab-and-Go Options at Local Grocery Stores
Are these places the best options? No, but better than the alternative (i.e. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, you know places like that).
Grab-and-Go options can help you stay on the right track when you just don’t feel like cooking a meal.
Have Someone Cook for You
Having someone cook for you will be the most expensive option, but will surely make healthy eating more convenient.
However, if you’re looking for more of a long-term service then try out some of these meal delivery services or simply google “Healthy meal delivery” in your area so see what you can find.
Do you know a friend who is passionate about cooking healthy meals?
Why don’t you offer to pay them to cook a few days worth of food for you each week?
You’ll have healthy meals for days and you’ll be supporting their passion – a win-win situation for both people 🙂
The Last Thing You Need to Know
At first, healthy eating will be difficult.
Accepting this, working through this and getting to the point where it becomes a little easier to eat healthy will allow you to make it your new normal.
Lifestyle change, though difficult, is inevitably worth it. Isn’t it?
After all, what could be more important than your health?