When you are trying to eat healthy, pre-packaged and convenience foods pretty much go out the window. Remember, the foods that have to be labeled as “healthy”, are generally the ones that are not.
For example, if something says “low-fat” or “non-fat”, it may very well be. However, what extra chemical surprises are you getting in order to replace the flavor that fat would add to that particular food? Also keep in mind that fat is not the enemy. It’s the type of fat you have to watch out for. Healthy fats in moderation are a vital part of a healthy diet.
So what do you do when you’re in a hurry? What if you packed a lunch but left it at home? What if you haven’t made it to the store yet and dinner is in an hour?
Here are some simple ways to manage your hectic days while keeping your healthy eating plan in mind:
- Have some “healthy” drive -through options in the back of your mind to resort to in an emergency. In other words, look at the menus in advance so you don’t order out of hungry desperation. Be aware of nearby “fast food” restaurants which sell baked chicken or fish entrees in the event that your only alternative is resorting to commercial food.
- When you do cook a healthy meal, cook extra portions and freeze so you have some grab-n-go lunches. Store the extra portions in easy-to-carry containers.
- If your office or place of employment allows for this, store some of your healthy food options in the freezer at work to serve as emergency meals for when you are pressed for time but want to eat healthy.
With a little pre-planning, you will have plenty of healthy options to keep you on track with your healthy eating plan!
Written by Jennifer Jensen