By Liz DiAlto
All too often we see women who workout consistently, yet practically undo all their hard work with poor eating habits. Some of the top reasons (or excuses, if you will,) include, “I’m just too busy,” “I don’t cook” and “I don’t know what to eat.” So, this week, we have tips that even the busiest of the busy can incorporate into their weekly schedules, so you’ll be sure to stay on a healthy track, no matter how swamped your schedule may become.
Cheat. A few drinks at happy hour, dinner out, brunch with friends and your wellness plans can go down the drain – quickly. So, pick a cheat day. Skip the gym, indulge in chocolate and pick your poison. Cheat day can begin whenever you want, but once your 24 hours are over, shut it down until next week and put your healthy cap back.
Hydrate. Aim to drink 64 to 96 ounces of water everyday. Some people complain that drinking this much water disrupts their day by constantly sending them to the restroom. But, we think it’s a small price to pay considering how vital water is to our health, beauty and metabolism.
Prep. Plan time each week, perhaps on a Sunday afternoon, to prepare foods for the rest of the week. Take a few hours to grocery shop and plan your meals for the upcoming week. Cut your fruits and veggies and store them in Ziploc bags as pre-portioned snacks or to make cooking quick and easy during the week. Then all you’ll need to do during the week is throw your prepared foods in the oven or on the stove for a few minutes for a healthy, home-cooked meal.
Pack a lunch. Spending just 10 minutes at night can ensure you eat healthfully the following day. Plus, it will also save you between $5 and $20 each day! That’s $25 to $100 every week that you can use to beautify or pamper!
Snack. Waiting until you’re starving to plan your meals can have you grabbing the closest thing around (even if it’s a vending machine find). So bring snacks with you. If you have access to a refrigerator, try making a yogurt parfait with Greek yogurt, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, dried cranberries or cherries (naturally dried, non-sulfured) and a drizzle of honey to top it off!