Eating Well During Chaos

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!! The past month has been ridiculous around here. Lots of evening events, lots of late nights, and, of course, lots of opportunities to derail any sort of healthy eating.

I can’t say I’ve managed perfectly to stay on track, and my workouts have suffered for lack of time or from being too tired in the morning to want to move. I’m definitely feeling the lack of physical activity.

But nutrition-wise, it’s not been a total washout. Yes, I have had a few drinks, and alcohol is not exactly healthy. But when you’re in the middle of chaos, are there ways to better manage your nutrition? Absolutely! Here are a few tips:

  1. Do a small bit of snack and meal prep. Having carrot sticks, hard boiled eggs, some homemade energy balls, easy-to-grab fruit (apples, oranges, etc) makes it easy to plan healthy snacks, even if you’re dining out for your main meals
  2. Don’t use restaurants as an excuse to splurge. If you’re not eating at home most nights, restaurant meals are no longer a treat. That means… skip the appetizer and the dessert, and have just your main. You probably wouldn’t eat those home, why eat them if you’re not? Also, choose options from the menu similar to what you’d be eating if you were cooking at home. Salads instead of fries, sweet potato instead of white rice – you get the idea
  3. Water. Don’t forget your water. It can be easy to forget to drink water when you’re running around more than usual. Keep a water bottle with you, drink, and have it filled as needed. Most coffee shops or quick-serve restaurants will do you a favour and fill it when you’re ordering your food
  4. Speaking of water… control the amount of alcohol you’re drinking by alternating each cocktail or glass of wine with a glass of water. It will slow down the pace of your imbibing, and you’ll feel better for it in the morning. Alcohol is seriously dehydrating – and the fuzzy headed, cotton-mouthed hangover feeling is never fun
  5. Get home to eat when you can. Sit down with your calendar and figure out the days you’ll be home, and when you’ll be out. Shop and plan accordingly so you can cook a healthy meal or two at home when you’re able.

I know it’s easy to let busy-mess derail everything. But eating well, and squeezing in short workouts when you can, will make a huge difference in how you cope with a packed schedule.

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