Healthy Eating Habits For Busy Lives

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It’s no lie it seems we’re constantly on the go. We’re up early, drink coffee, maybe eat breakfast, and then off to the office to work 12-16 hours a day, return home, eat something quick, sleep and get up the next day to do it all over again.

Does this sound like your day? Yeah, it sounds like mine too.

With all of this going on, how are we able to eat healthily? The answer- we aren’t. We eat what is quick and convenient. Which means coffee and cereal that is loaded with sugar; prepared foods that are sodium laced; and fast food that just horrible for us. And we eat way too much of this.

We all know that a poor diet can lead to a multitude of health issues and illnesses, but this rat race we are in makes it hard to break the cycle of bad eating habits. Right?

We need to break the cycle if we want to live a healthier life. Truth be told, it isn’t impossible, and with a few tweaks to your daily routine, you can be on the way to healthier eating.

In fact, even if you’re a talented athlete at Alabama Crimson Tide – perennial  favorites to win college football’s top championship  – you’re required to maintain strict adherence to diet in order to reach the highest levels of the game.

Breakfast

Take a look in your pantry. How many different types of cereal do you have that say cinnamon this, or sugar that? Cereal isn’t the best choice for breakfast. In fact, a recent study says your leftover pizza from the night before is healthier than breakfast cereal. Look, I’m not hating on cereal, I love it. However, it should be eaten in moderation and not be mistaken as being a nutritious breakfast.

Instead of reaching for that box of cereal, try whipping up some avocado toast on Ezekiel bread. Ezekiel bread is made from sprouted grains and is a great alternative to traditional bread. It’s a simple adjustment, and it can be made in minutes. Not to mention, it is wholesome and healthy. I know it’s the hipster thing to eat, but just a third of an avocado is packed with 20 vitamins and minerals, and it is a great way to start off your day.

Not much of an avocado person, or maybe you want something sweet in the morning? Then try making smoothies. Not the pinch your nose and gulp it down kind, but good ones. You can buy frozen fruit packages that are portioned and don’t contain any added sugar. Add a few more ingredients like and you are good to go. I recommend the following:

♦  Vanilla Greek yogurt

♦  Unsweetened almond milk

♦  A handful of fresh spinach

♦  Flax, hemp, and chia seed mix

All packed with nutrients, minerals, and protein. This will sure beat any cereal, any day of the week.

Lunch

Who doesn’t like a good cheeseburger and fries, right? We can also say we probably eat way too many of them, and we know that it’s not healthy. The good news is, eating a good lunch may take some pre-planning, but it’s not unrealistic.

Hard-boiled eggs, chicken breast, veggies, hummus, fruits, and nuts are all great options. The eggs and chicken can be prepared days in advance so you can grab and go. Nuts are very healthy for us and provide a good boost of energy. Also, it’s good to note that if you are getting hungry in-between meals, a handful of almonds will help carry you through.

Dinner

I’m not going to lie. Getting a healthy and nutritious dinner on the table isn’t always easy, but once you get in the routine it becomes easier. It is estimated that 42% of adults eat fast food for dinner on any given day. If we want to live longer and healthier, we have to skip that fast food drive-thru, blow the dust off the stove, and get cooking.

A few changes we made in our home are switching to ground turkey or chicken. It is a better option than ground beef and tastes just as good. Also, increasing our vegetable intake and reducing starches and gluten. Of course, this means more fresh or frozen vegetables, not canned.

If you’re coming up short on quick cooking ideas use the internet. Just search for quick and healthy meals and hundreds of recipes are at your fingertips. You don’t have to slave in the kitchen all night long to put a great meal on the table the whole family will love.

Healthy eating shouldn’t want to make us pull our hair out, and we already know what we should eat. All we have to do is change what we should eat. Make the change. Your body will thank you.

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