Happy New Year! Or, as I like to call it, The Season of Self Improvement. More than half of Americans make health-related New Years Goals like eating healthier foods, getting fit, and managing stress every year.
I work with busy professionals on all three of these areas of health, but the number one area that my clients struggle with isn’t showing up for their workouts. It’s how to set their eating schedule up for success so they can save time and energy but still eat healthily.
Meal planning will help you save time, reduce your food waste, and actually lower your stress when it comes to eating healthy. Best of all? Having healthy meals on hand doesn’t have to be bland or boring. There are ways to make your meals healthy while still tasting delicious.
Here are my simple meal planning tips for busy people who want to eat healthier:
- Plan (most) of your meals ahead of time. Don’t just think about healthy ingredients when you shop, or you’ll end up with food but no meals. Then, you’re much more likely to say, “screw this,” and order out. Plan your meals every day, know how much food you need for the week, and ensure you buy enough. I also keep frozen veggies on hand for meals later in the week. For my free Meal Planning Guide, click here.
- Prep your protein. It’s great to have all your meals cooked for an entire week ahead of time, but… for most of my clients, it’s wildly unrealistic. Prepping that much food takes a ton of time, and (to be honest) not all food is meant to be reheated for days on end. Start with prepping your protein, and the rest of your meals will come together quickly.
- Keep your staples stocked. I eat mostly the same things for breakfast and lunch with only slight variations. I pick one or two veggies for the week and use them every night for dinner (when I’m not having a salad). If you want to know the best carbs, fat, and protein to keep stocked, click here for my free Nutrition Cheat Sheet.
- Use your seasonings, herbs, and sauces. They don’t take any time and will enhance your food x10. My favorites?
- Seasonings: Greek seasoning, za'atar, Italian, curry powder, turmeric, garlic, pepper, and SALT.
- Herbs: Dill, cilantro, basil, scallion.
- Sauces: Bolthouse dressing, low sugar bbq, hot sauce.
I know that busy professionals always start their health journey with the best intentions. But making a sustainable health change doesn’t happen overnight. If you’re a busy professional looking to lose weight without crazy diets or overly intense workouts, let’s connect to see if joining the Well-Nourished Nutrition Fat Loss Program is a good fit for you. Click here to book your chat.
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