5 Nutritionist Approved Tips To Stay Healthy When You’re Busy
I’m seeing more and more clients who want to lead a healthy lifestyle and make positive changes but are struggling to find the time. I get you, I’m in the same position as you. Lucky for you, this is also an area I specialise in!
I believe in a whole foods approach to good health, focusing on simple strategies for modern, busy people. My approach is practical, evidence-based and is shaped by many of my own experiences, which is all about creating balance in life.
I get how crazy busy life can feel and how feeling overwhelmed on a daily basis can make you put your health on the bottom of your priority list. However, in order to perform at your best every single day your health needs to be a priority, not just for you, but everyone around you. If you’re feeling good, healthy, positive and vibrant, you cannot give your best to your family, friends, and work. Make yourself and your health a priority, and remember, it’s not selfish to prioritize yourself.
So, trust me when I say it’s possible to still live a healthy life when you’re feeling overwhelmed and at your busiest. Here are my top 5 non-negotiable tips that I personally use and recommend to clients to keep their health on track through crazy times.
1) Stay hydrated! This goes without saying. On average, our body contains 60% water. If you’re not drinking enough water your body is going to be dehydrated, and studies have shown being dehydrated by only 5% can decrease your performance by 30%. Yup! So get yourself a nice (glass) water bottle and drink up! At least 2L daily.
2) Commit to 1-hour food prep in the weekend. This will save you SO much time during busy weeks. But keep it simple, make 1-2 healthy snacks (my chocolate bliss balls are a staple in my home along with my homemade paleo protein bar). Wash and chop veggies, boil up lots of eggs, roast a chicken, make a big salad, roast a whole lot of veggies, boil up quinoa, have cans of organic beans/legumes on hand. This really set you up for the week so you can throw together meals quickly throughout the week. I also like to make my green goddess dressing to toss through stir-fries, roasted veggies, GF pasta). For more on food prepping click here.
3) Make breakfast non-negotiable! Skipping breakfast when on-the-go all day can lead to afternoon crashes and cravings, this can make it difficult to stay focused at work or look after children. Try to have a protein-rich breakfast to help keep blood sugar levels in check like my go-to breakfast smoothie or super green omelette, or prepare breakfast the night before (his & hers overnight oats are mine and hubby’s fave).
4) Avoid foods and drinks which zap your energy. Yes, that means throwing out all fizzy drinks, energy drinks, juice (except for freshly squeezed vegetable juice), sugar-rich foods and refined foods (they just send your blood sugar levels on a roller-coaster ride) and be mindful of too much caffeine!
5) Be kinder to yourself. The all or nothing approach does not work. Instead, learn to be okay with doing your best during these busy times, if you don’t eat perfectly, don’t beat yourself up over it, you’re human, we all do it, just go back to eating healthy at your next meal. And when you get the change, slow down, take the weekend to rest and unwind and enjoy a nap if you can. Say no to social occasions (your friends will understand), and avoid over-exercising, it just adds more stress to your body.
Remember, healthy living is not about doing everything perfectly, it’s about finding balance and moderation. This is what I help teach my clients.
Health is wealth! Never forgot that!
I hope this helps! If you’re still struggling, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me today ([email protected], or give me a call on 0211264274)! I’m here for you, and I will put together a simple, easy to follow plan for you, tailored to your lifestyle with quick healthy recipes that are easy to make and taste delicious, along with any necessary lifestyle tips if required!
Hi I’m Natalie, a Registered Clinical Nutritionist, health influencer, blog writer & recipe creator. My own health complications prompted me to make positive diet & lifestyle changes, revitalize my health leading to a career change from the corporate world to nutritional medicine. I believe in a wholefoods approach to good health, focusing on simple strategies for modern, busy people.