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Last Updated on September 14, 2018 by Diane Hoffmaster
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With school back in session, our lives have once again gotten to the frantic running around like a madman stage. Our days revolve around after school band practices, tennis matches, two adults with full-time jobs and random commitments I just couldn't say no to. While I try to simplify where I can, it isn't always easy. Unfortunately, the first thing that goes out the window when I am in a hurry is my diet.
Whether it's due to stress or just lack of energy, I always turn to junk food when I am over scheduled and that is not helping me fit into my pants any easier. Darn middle-aged metabolism. If you are concerned with healthy eating, I am sharing some information here that may make it easier. You can also check out my post about PlateJoy to learn how to make healthy food faster and simpler!
I got a bit lax over the summer with eating healthy and need to make a few changes around here this month. I thought I would share a few ways to start eating healthy that I will be adopting over the coming weeks. Out go the cookies, in comes the celery sticks! Want to join me on my journey to eating healthier as a busy mom? Here are a few tips that might help.
Easy Ways to Start Eating Healthy
Do a pantry clean out:
If it isn't in there, you can't eat it, right? One of the easiest ways to start eating healthy is to ditch the garbage you are stocking in your house. I am putting fewer bags of chips in the grocery cart and more nuts and dried fruit. They are just as easy to grab as a snack but are a whole lot healthier. Check out my post about organizing the pantry to learn how to get your pantry in tip top shape!
Order staples online:
Okay, I know it is supremely lazy but I have started ordering a lot of stuff online. I get free shipping on Amazon for a lot of stuff with my Amazon Prime membership and quite often the prices are cheaper than the grocery store. Stock up on coconut oil, herbal tea, trail mix and whatever other staples you like to keep in stock.
Prep ahead of time:
Weekends are generally slower for us, especially when I enlist the teens' help with housework. After your trip to the grocery store, start chopping up onions, grilling a bunch of chicken breasts, and cooking some pasta. Store everything in the refrigerator for busy weeknights.
Don't just wing it:
If you are looking for ways to start eating healthy, you need a plan. Don't just go to the grocery store and buy what looks good. You will inevitably be missing some key ingredient, ditch your whole healthy meal plan and order takeout pizza. Trust me. I've done it. Make a list, take it to the store and shop. When you get home, stick your menu ideas for the week on the fridge. Stick to it. Here are a few healthy recipes to try:
Healthy Recipes to Try
- Italian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe with Fresh Basil
- Easy Rice Bowl Recipe with Chicken and Edamame
- Easy Falafel Sandwich Recipe
Pack your lunch:
One of the worst things you can do to sabotage your healthy meal plan is to eat out. Seriously. Yes, you could order a salad and steamed fish but who does that? I don't have that kind of willpower. I go to a restaurant and I order a huge burger and fries because my mouth is watering and my stomach demands it. Sure, that is totally fine occasionally but if you are eating out for lunch every single day, that is WAY too much junk in your diet.
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Do you have any other ways to start eating healthy?
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.
Great tips. It's so much more difficult to eat healthy when you're short on time!
agreed! Drive-throughs are too tempting when I am in a hurry and hungry!
I have been in dire need of something like this for so long. I try to eat well and as healthy as i can with the addition of the gym in my life, but things can so easily get away from me and as you said, i wind up simply getting takeaway food. Will certainly be trying to put some of these into practice.
Takeout is definitely easy but planning ahead a bit tends to keep me on the straight and narrow!