Eating clean on a busy schedule can be quite challenging for many people. I personally lead a daunting schedule most days, I’m writing this after a full day of work. If I can fit in good whole food meals during the day without blinking an eye I know I can teach you to do the same. These are some of my best practices for eating on a busy schedule.
1- Have Protein Bars On Hand
Protein plays a major role in repairing muscle tissue and keeps you satiated for a long time. Meaning you won’t be experiencing hunger pangs during the day through all the demands of your schedule. Protein bars are a fast snack to help fuel your body. Furthermore, they are easy to pack and very affordable. Be mindful of protein bars which contain high amounts of added sugars. Some of my favorite brands include Barbell, Perfect Bar, and Quest Bars.
2- Set Times For Your Meals
Setting specific times to eat allows you to create consistency with your eating habits. If you have a hard time remembering to eat and fuel your body then having set times for yourself- this simple trick will help you tremendously. Use your phones alarm system to set up reminders during the day. An example would be 9AM, 1PM and 6 PM.
3- Drink Water
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. You will notice your focus is sharpened and you’ll feel much more awake during the day relying less on caffeine. Many people forget to drink water when they’re busy. The body is made up of water and the brain and other bodily functions rely on water. Have water on hand during all times of the day. Make water your best friend.
4- Keep Your Meals Prepared
Meal prep bags allow you to store multiple meals at once, highly recommend a brand called IsoPack. You may take your meals with you anywhere you go making it easy and convenient. All it takes is about 4 hours per week to prepare your meals. I suggest Sunday and Wednesday for meal prep. Prepare your lunch meals and dinner. Most people on a busy schedule skip breakfast all together and don’t eat until lunch time. If this is you, you have one less meal a day to worry about. If you’re someone who eats breakfast, you can easily make it first thing in the morning under a short amount of time.
5- Learn to Read Nutrition Labels
Learning how to read a nutrition label will allow you to make the right food choices anywhere you go. Some foods may cause an insulin spike which causes a crash later on during the day or others will simply flare up other food cravings. Being mindful of what you’re consuming starts with learning how to read a nutrition label properly. I always look at the fats, carbohydrates and proteins and well as sugar. If the food has plenty of protein, has moderate to low amounts of carbohydrates and is high to moderate fat- I’ll take it. I like foods and snacks that contain less than 10 grams of sugar. It all adds up at the end of the day and sugar content plays a major role in how your blood sugar responds. Mind your labels.