Whether it’s a new year’s resolution or just a mid-year reset, there’s often a few times in the year that we want to ‘do better’ when it comes to our work-life balance. But one of the first things that seem to go when we’re busy is preparing and eating healthy, nutritious food.
So, this post is all about practical ways you can make changes to get that goal of eating healthier back on track and give yourself a better chance of success.
Planning and Prep
Making food can be tiring, and the last thing we feel like doing after we get home after a busy day of work, running errands or appointments. The sheer repetition of the whole process can make it even harder to get the motivation levels you need to prepare healthy food.
And that perfectly reasonable set of circumstances and feelings is what leads to fast food either from the local takeaway shop or in the form of a ‘freezer meal’ or ready meal. This isn’t meant to demonise any of those things or make anyone feel like a failure. But if your goal is to eat more healthy, nutritious, organic food, then this might help.
The act of cooking is the last step in a long process. And it’s neglecting those earlier steps that lead us to open the food delivery app on our phones.
Eating healthier is so much easier if you plan your menus. That might mean sitting down the day before you do your ‘major’ shop for the week and writing down a meal plan for 4–5 days of the week. A lot of people find that daunting and don’t do it.
That can lead to a visit to the local supermarket 3–4 times a week to get ‘top up’ groceries or that night’s dinner. And let’s face it, who enjoys doing that?
Isn’t it simpler to sit down with a cold drink one night, write out a list and some meal options and get your evenings back? We set up our organic food delivery service to help with exactly this thing. It means that you get a healthy, nutritious, fresh product straight to your door that you can then turn into your meals for the week.
Keep it Simple
The other big piece of advice when trying to eat better food, more regularly, is to keep it simple. The best resolution is one that you can stick to. And tracking every calorie, nutrient, and input isn’t a fun way to live. It’s also hard to stick to.
Start with really basic principles. Aim to have some lean protein with each meal, along with a serving of organic fruit and vegetables. Also, try and add some healthy fats (like avocado and olive oil). And drink plenty of water. If you want more detail or have a specific dietary need, then sitting down with a dietitian or nutritionist can give you a map to follow rather than relying on dubious influencers on social media.
Plan Your Snacks
This seems really simple, but it’s crucial: figure out what snacks you like (that fit your goals) and always have them around! Getting hungry at work at 3:00 pm without a snack pretty much guarantees you’ll find something tasty and quick to tide you over until dinner. That’s not ‘undoing all your hard work’ or anything like that. But having a Greek yoghurt handy, or some trail mix or dark chocolate and a piece of fruit might make it easier to stick to your goal of eating more nutritious food.
Hope all of that helps! To help plan your food, it also really helps to have a simple, practical way of getting nutritious produce in your diet. Our organic fruit and vegetable delivery was set up with exactly that goal in mind and might help you make the changes you’re looking for.