How to Eat Clean When You Are Always on the Move
We all know that we need to attempt to eat better, and clean eating seems to be the key to finding success in not only weight-loss but better overall health as well. However, the frantic pace of our modern lives often leaves that task unfulfilled as we too often rely on convenience or fast foods in attempt to nourish our bodies, leaving us sluggish, tired and struggling. The reality is that we need to be intentional with our time and what we choose to put in our bodies, breaking old habits and creating new. Here are some tips to help you get where you want to be!
We are pulled in so many different directions in our daily lives. From choosing how to spend our money, to how to spend our time, we don’t always think through what we eat. It’s time to choose yourself. Acknowledge that your health and well-being are paramount. It is difficult to live life well if you are not taking care of your physical and mental health. Now is the time to make the decision to make yourself a top priority.
Be intentional with your time and your resources. Evaluate your life. Eliminate any activities, habits or choices that are not beneficial or helping create the healthy lifestyle you desire. Instead of decompressing in front of the TV at night with ice cream, go for a walk. Hungry after a long day at work? It is easy to stop at a fast food restaurant for a quick burger and fries. Keep driving, and eat at home. These unhealthy habits add up over time and can cause not only obesity but can create other (preventable!) health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.
Planning ahead is probably the singular most important aspect in achieving the permanent, life-changing results you are searching for. Find some recipes that appeal to you and set time aside on the weekend to prep your meals for the week. Grill up multiple servings of organic chicken breasts, roast vegetables, wash and prep for fresh salads. Invest in an electric pressure cooker for fast healthy meals, or start a crockpot in the morning before work, for a hot meal when you come home. Make ahead batches of quinoa and brown rice. Invest in reusable containers so you can pack your lunches, and have easy to reheat dinner options when you get home from a long day. Pack snack-sized portions of nuts and always have fresh fruit on hand so that you are not tempted to share in that box of office donuts. When faced with eating out, search out the menu in advance and decide which options are the healthiest. Most restaurants have healthy options, and if not, are usually able to provide you with grilled meat and steamed vegetables. Being prepared and having a plan allows for better choices when faced with temptation.
Form New Habits
Studies find that it can take up to 2 months to form a new habit. We must choose to replace our old, unhealthy habits with new ones. Over and over. Each time we do, we are one step closer to changing that pathway permanently. If you fail, you still have another choice—to get back on track or not. Soon, we have days, weeks and even months of good choices under our belts.
To be successful in anything, we need to be consistent. Day in, Day out. Week after week, and month after month, by choosing daily to be intentional, making consistent choices, and forming new habits, you will be on the path of success- believe in yourself and take one choice at a time! Today is the day to make the decision to make your health a priority. Think back to how you felt before you made these lifestyle changes—and how you don’t want to go back to being tired and overweight. Focus on your successes no matter how small and keep looking forward. One choice at a time. One day at a time.You can do it!