Three ways to eat healthy when you’re busy

Sometimes it seems impossible to eat healthy. I get it. When you’re prepping for a big pitch or an annual review, it really can be hard to eat well.

I’ve been there. And fortunately, you can usually anticipate a really busy week. That's a good thing though because it means you can predict when you’ll need to try a little harder to eat well. That knowledge alone can help you mentally prepare to make better choices when you’re stretched for time. These three tips can help you too:

  1. Prep your kitchen. If you know you have a particularly busy work week coming up, stock your fridge and pantry with healthy, quick options. Buy baby carrots and thrown them in individual zip lock bags to grab-and-go in the morning. Hard boil eggs so you have breakfast in the morning. And buy pre-chopped vegetables for dinner to cut cooking time in half. 
  2. Read the ingredient list. If you’re grabbing a snack on-the-go, look at the ingredient list before buying it. If it has more than five items listed, rethink your option. If sugar is listed within the first three ingredients, abort mission. Ingredients are listed by volume, i.e. the first ingredients listed make up the largest portion of the food you’re about to consume. Pro tip: Choose whole foods, like apples, almonds and jerky, to avoid the hassle of reading ingredient. 
  3. Drink water. Sometimes you’re not hungry. You’re stressed. You’re tired. Or you’re thirsty. So, reach for a glass of water before you eat. This will ensure that you’re eating because you’re hungry.

These steps may seem small, but being healthy is a culmination of steps. So don’t sweat a busy week. You got this.