There are many excuses given as the reason for not eating healthy. One of the most common excuses that people use is that they don’t have time to choose or prepare good food. Instead they will buy fast food or pre-made dinners which are high in fat, cholesterol, sugar and empty calories. Although it may seem easier to go with the unhealthy option, the truth is no matter how little time you have to spend in the kitchen or the supermarket eating healthy is just as quick as eating poorly.
Eating healthy foods begins with healthy ingredients, but if you are short on time, you may find that spending time in the grocery store does not fit into your schedule. To maximize your time, plan ahead for two weeks at a time. Instead of having to go to the store every time you need an ingredient, make a list and keep your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry stocked with good, healthy ingredients. You can make your shopping list during a meeting, while eating lunch, or while you are on the phone. A list will also help you cut back on impulse purchases which tend to be bad for us.
Along with planning your shopping list, plan your meals as well. If you find little time to cook during the week, you can instead try making a few healthy meals in advance on the weekend and than putting them in your freezer. Before you go to work in the morning, simply stick the frozen dinner in the refrigerator to thaw and then pop into the oven to cook when you get home from work. This will help you avoid having to pick up fast food.
When you do find yourself in the need of a quick meal and want to order out, look for healthy options. Instead of choosing a burger and fries, for example, look at the chicken options, preferably skinless chicken breast and not fried chicken. Some fast food restaurants also have salads and fruit, but beware of dressing, which can be high in fats. Keep healthy drinks on hand at home instead of purchasing a soda as well. Better yet, skip the burger, pizza, and Mexican joints altogether and opt for a sandwich or sub shop instead, where you can choose a wheat bread and ask them to hold the mayonnaise.
Eating healthy is not difficult but requires people to change their way of thinking and perhaps their routine as well. In the end it will be worth it.