Most of us would describe ourselves as busy these days. Never before have we had so many demands on our time, and now that we basically carry around the whole world in our pocket it’s really easy to become completely overwhelmed and let things that are important to you slide.
Something that often ends up at the bottom of a never ending to-do list is healthy habits. Especially when you’re feeling stressed due to that overwhelm you might find your habits become decidedly less healthy and you might even slip into all or nothing territory. It’s easy to say ‘fuck it’ once that bar of galaxy has been eaten, why not just eat crap for the rest of the day / week and start again on Monday right?
Thankfully there’s loads of easy ways you can still fit in being healthy even when you’ve got no time – and I find that focusing on these small hacks helps me avoid flying into fuck it mode.
1. Be ok with healthy convenience options
They might not be perfectly ‘clean’, but sometimes we need to take a ‘better than’ approach rather than the black and white approach of clean eating we’re fed on Instagram, especially when we’re busy. Look for veg packed, fresh ready meals like the ones from Kirsty’s, Sainsbury’s My Goodness Range and BOL meal pots. Fresh soups like the ones from New Covent Garden are good options as well. Ilumi also have great options which don’t need to be refrigerated so can easily be kept for emergencies in your office drawer. Here’s more ideas of healthy eating cheats when you’re time challenged.
2. Make up smoothie packs
Put some frozen spinach and frozen fruit into a zip lock bag and store in the freezer. Just dump the contents into your blender in the morning, add almond milk and there’s your green smoothie!
3. Workout harder, not longer
Instead of trying to spend an hour at the gym, workout harder for half the time. Try a high intensity interval workout that is proven to burn more calories in less time than working out for longer at a steady pace.
4. Stock up on easy healthy snacks
Some great ideas include fresh fruit, plain raw nuts, hummus and vegetable crudités, rice or corn cakes topped with nut butter or mashed avocado, dried fruit and good quality dark chocolate. Another great idea is to try a healthy snack subscription box like LifeBox or Sourced Box.
5. Meditate in 5 minutes
You don’t need to meditate for ages to reap the benefits, just 5 minutes can do a good job. Check out some of the many smart phone apps that offer short guided meditations to get started. I love Calm and Insight Timer.
6. Use a slow cooker
If you haven’t already tried a slow cooker, get one! They’re so many recipes you can just pop straight in before work and then be welcomed home to a delicious healthy home cooked meal, with next to zero time or effort. Here are some great ideas that you can add to a freezer bag and freeze ready to be defrosted and dumped in a slow cooker for next to no effort meals.
7. Double up your self care practices
When you do get that precious self care time, double up on what you enjoy. For example, catch up with your favourite TV show on Netflix while letting a face mask do its work. My personal favourite is reading in the bath.
Try and think about which hacks will have the biggest impact on your life, even if you can only make a couple of changes, you’re going to see the benefits from just trying a couple of those when you’re busy.
What healthy hacks are you going to try? Let us know in the comments!
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