In addition to the fact that people will say that do not have the time to exercise, it seems they do not have the time to eat right either. I hear this often; I want to eat better but, I work long hours, or I have to travel for work and it’s hard to find healthy food. Well there is a simple solution to this problem that most people seem to have. You may have noticed I said most, because you see not all of us experience this problem. The simple solution? Prepare your food the night before work and bring it with you, or on Sunday prepare your food for the week and put it in containers in the refrigerator and grab it on the way out in the morning.
Not only will this ensure you eat healthy, it will also save you a lot of money that would be wasted on ordering food every day. It’s funny how often I hear “it’s expensive to eat healthy” yet the same people who make this statement have no issues with spending 10 dollars at a deli for a sandwich filled with fat and ungodly amounts of sodium and a can of sugar, ummm I mean soda. So that’s $50 a week and that’s just lunch, I spend less than that every week to cover my breakfast and lunch plus 2 in between meals as well.
If you travel it’s obvious that you can’t pack you meals and bring them with you so in this case your may be forced to eat out (may be). If you are staying in a hotel you can try to get a room with a refrigerator. If this is possible then you can go to a market and buy some good food options and you’ll be able to make sure you stay on track. If this is not an option and you’re forced to eat out you can still eat a healthy diet, the key to this is to ask questions and order off the menu. Just because a restaurant gives you a menu doesn’t mean they won’t “special” order food.
Simple ways to eat better in restaurants include; ask for grilled or steamed vegetables, if you order a salad, instead of getting dressing ask for a lemon and olive oil, squeeze the lemon over the salad and drizzle a little olive oil over the top than some fresh black pepper to top it off. If you eat meat order it grilled or baked.
The bottom line is this; there is always time to eat healthy, and there is always a way to eat healthy (even in a restaurant). A little bit of planning ahead and asking questions (while dining out) will allow you to follow a healthy diet regardless of how busy you may be or how much you travel.
Well I have to go and start my food for the week. Crispy baked tofu for lunch tomorrow, yummy I can’t wait.