Fitting Food Into Your Busy Schedule

Fitting Food Into Your Busy Schedule

We’re all busy. Some of us more so than others. But we all struggle to make time for certain things. To some extent, we make time for things we love. What you fit into your day depends on your priorities. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, it’s important to recognize when you’re cutting out essentials. For example, many of us choose to skip meals when we shouldn’t. Who has time for eating anyway? Well, anyone who wants to stay alive! If you don’t eat regular meals, your health is sure to struggle. The major downfall is that you’ll become less productive because you’re low on energy. So, how can you find realistic ways to fit food into your day?

GET UP EARLIER

Many of you may moan at the suggestion, but getting up earlier is essential. There’s a reason why breakfast is heralded as the most important meal of the day. Starting on an empty stomach is not going to help you. Instead, get up earlier and make an effort to eat something before you go. Even if you fail to fit lunch in, at least you know you’ve eaten something good that day. If it helps, prepare breakfast the day before. Think of something that will keep you going for as long as possible. Something like overnight oats can be a lifesaver in this situation. You can prepare them the night before, and grab them from the fridge the next day. Remember that making time for breakfast is all part of your self-care. You owe it to yourself.

Fitting Food Into Your Busy Schedule

SLOW BURNING FOODS

Talking of foods that give you long term energy; slow burning foods could be what you need. These are a perfect way of making food do more for you. You could get away with eating less if you need to because your meals will keep you fuller for longer. Foods like baked potatoes are perfect for this. They release energy slowly, so you keep going. For the most part, you want to focus on carbohydrates. Rice and bread are also fantastic for this purpose. As are most fruits. Do a little research to find out what would work best. Take your tastes into consideration, and your time frame. When working to a deadline, it’s important you don’t pick something that will take a long time to prepare.

PLAN IN ADVANCE

While we’re on the subject of deadlines, it’s time to get your head around planning. Like with anything, organization can help you make time for your meals. There are a few different preparation methods you could consider. It may be that writing out a meal plan, and knowing what you’re cooking each day, will kick start the habit. Or, you may need to get to grips with batch cooking. That way, you won’t have to set aside time each day. There won’t be any excuse for not eating properly then! As you did with breakfast, look at foods you can prepare the night before. Then, stock up on containers and get cooking.

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  • I’m terrible at getting up in the morning but I never skip breakfast, I can’t function properly otherwise!

  • I’ve been enjoying getting up and having breakfast much earlier than I usually would. It gives me a much more productive start to the day too!

  • Alison Rost

    When I plan our meals for the week and prep everything on Sunday, it sure make a big difference. At the end of the day when I’m hungry, there are lots of choices all ready to go!