Last week, my life became exponentially more busy. The time I have spent recently on resting, reading (and even sleeping) is now filled with spending precious time with my newest little one, my bigger boys and the other demands of keeping up with everyone. Even as I’m finding myself in “survival mode,” it’s still very important to me to continue eating healthy, even though my “busy-ness” level just increased 18 fold with having a newborn. Healthy eating, and specifically when on a crazy busy schedule, can easily fall by the wayside. I’m bound and determined to not let that happen.
Bottom line, it comes down to choices. And making the choice to eat healthful foods on a weekly, daily and even hourly basis. It’s through the daze and fatigue of “busy-ness” that makes this difficult.
Here are the 5 ways that I’ll be working hard to implement in the coming weeks as we adjust to life with 4 littles and the increased demands of a newborn. These tricks help me make the best choices on what I fuel my body with each day:
- Plan and Scan – Make a mental plan each night while you’re cleaning up from dinner of what your food and snack options are for the next day. Will breakfast be cereal, hot cereal, scrambled eggs with avocado slices? What healthy snack options do you have for when you get the munchies? What’s on the menu for dinner and do you need to do any preparation in advance to make the “witching hour” go smoothly for you?
- Pre-Prep – Spending just 10 or 15 minutes on Sunday evening, chopping veggies or cutting up fresh fruit can go a long way. This will allow you to quickly grab something healthy when you get a hankering for something in the middle of the afternoon.
- Grab n Go Snacks – And while on the subject of “grab n go”…stock your pantry with easy “grab and go snacks” like Pantry Trail Mix, almonds, dark chocolate covered pomegranates (dark chocolate is healthy, right?!), homemade popcorn and crudités and a simple Hidden Valley ranch dip.
- Salad A Day– Keep your favorite salad lettuce and toppings on hand and plan to eat salad for lunch or as a side/main dish for dinner. Just be sure not to slop the dressing on too heavy, or you’ll end up with more calories than a fast food meal!
- Choose Treats Wisely – Of course, there will be some cookies and treats in the mix, but when and how many of those to enjoy is also a choice. So making a conscious choice of how many I will enjoy, even verbalizing it to my husband, helps me keep my sweet tooth in check.
I’d love to hear your tips for keeping a busy schedule, and keeping up with healthy eating and lifestyle! Do you have any tricks that you’ve found work well for you?