Busy Lifestyle Eating Habits

5fab89c6-6475-4122-8d6b-218f214b742bWe live in a terribly hectic world these days. I don’t know about you, but for me time seems to vanish into thin air right before my eyes. Being so busy all the time has led most of us to form one of two bad habits that come from this type of hurried lifestyle. The first bad habit is: eating on the go. The second bad habit that we tend to develop is that we forget to eat altogether. So how do we combat such seemingly unavoidable busy lifestyle eating habits in our daily lives?

No matter which one of these bad habits you struggle with, the solution is extremely simple and pretty much the same. I am sure you have heard it over and over again but seriously, diet and exercise are all about the individual. What works for somebody else will rarely ever work the exact same way for your life. Therefore, if you are one to eat on the go, make sure what you are eating is healthy and a small portion. If you get so caught up that you don’t eat at all, leave snacks visible and around so that you will remember to keep your body energized.

Keep something nutritious with you at all times, in your purse, in your car, in your desk at work, wherever you are going to be, keep the good stuff stocked up and the bad stuff far away. Invest in a small cooler or lunch container that stays cold so that you can keep fresh fruits and veggies handy. Vegetables and fruits are hands down the best thing for you to snack on or eat anytime you don’t have time for a meal. They will give you energy and also will make you feel full because of their high water content. This water content will also help you stay hydrated throughout the day.

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Try making your own trail mix full of nuts, dried fruits, dried veggies and maybe even a hint of dark chocolate. A snack mixture like this can really give you a boost to get through your crazy schedule and can help you lose or maintain your weight as well. Be sure to at least attempt to stick to making your own. Store bought trail mixes can be terrible for you and full of sugars and fats you do not need. Prepackage your homemade goodies in small bags so that you never have to worry about going over what your portion size should be. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of over or under eating just because your life is chaotic.

About the Author

Jennifer Nelson is a former fitness coach, but after she had her twin daughters, her days changed drastically and she had trouble retaining her healthy lifestyle. She got her wake up call at 220 pounds, when realized that if she didn't make a change, she wouldn't be able to teach her daughters how to live healthy. Jennifer shares insights on how to make time for exercise and healthy living. Her no-nonsense approach strips conventional thinking with an easy to follow regimen of healthy eating and moderate exercise. “You can’t have a healthy body by feeding it garbage and sitting on the couch,” says Nelson, “but you don’t need to be a gym rat either. I share how to achieve the balance you want.” Nelson currently resides in Sacramento, California with her husband and three children.