People often ask me the trick to eating healthy while still living a busy lifestyle. Most of us don’t have the luxury of cooking three meals a day using all organic ingredients!
My answer is invariably: you have to plan ahead. This is the most important tenet of living a healthy lifestyle (unless, of course, you have a personal chef to cater to your every whim all day long!)
Some tips to get you thinking about how you can best plan ahead:
- Set a day for shopping and cooking. Have a hellish week coming up? Devote part of Sunday to buying groceries and cooking one or more meals to get you through the week.
- Cook once, eat twice. For those nights when you have time to cook, double the portion and take the leftovers to work for lunch later in the week.
- Don’t go grocery shopping without a list. Instead of wandering aimlessly through the store hoping something will catch your fancy (we’ve all been there!) — always go armed with a list of at least some of the ingredients you know you’ll need that week. For those of you in New York City, I highly recommend Fresh Direct: I’ve found it much easier to meal plan when I can see what’s in my ‘cart’ and add to it throughout the week.
- BYOS. Always have snacks with you! It’s much easier to resist the 3pm cookie platter if you have a delicious snack, such as almonds or coconut brownie bites, hidden in your desk.