When life gets busy, it can be so easy to derail oneself while trying to make the right food choices.
Family activities, busy schedules, and traveling can all wreak havoc on your plans to eat healthier. I will be the first to admit, the last few weeks have been a struggle for me when it comes to planning ahead. If I don’t take time on Sunday’s to plan my meals and my snacks for the week, at least my lunch and snack options, then I get off track very quickly.
Today I am in Halifax for the day and I took the time last night to plan my food options in advance. If I hadn’t done that, I can honestly tell you, I probably would have stopped for a burger or something worse along the way. Instead I have healthy options in my cooler in my car.
Knowing I would be in the car for at least 6 hours out of my day, I decided that the first thing I had to do was to make sure there was water with me. When I drive I need coffee to keep me going, so in order to counteract that coffee my body needs water. Let’s not forget, I still have to get my normal water intake for the day (about 3 ltrs). Because I am drinking so much today, some of it is flavoured. I usually do not drink flavoured water,so it is my treat.
The next thing I planned for were my snacks. I packed pre-measured bags of almonds and a couple clementines for my morning snack. In my cooler I have a chicken wrap, cheese, Greek yogurt, apple slices, peanut butter and a boiled egg. Plenty of food to get me home without stopping for muffin or donut!
Sure, I am stopping for coffee, but that is it. I am stocked up on healthy prepared options. Everything is easy to grab in the car and leaves me no excuse for cheating.
It is not easy, and yes, spending all the prep time on myself seems selfish at times. But I am worth the effort, my good food choices today will continue to lead me on a path to a healthier life. Planning ahead for these type of situations makes a huge difference. I used to think that I made fairly healthy choices when eating meals, but when you’re busy,you don’t always make the best choices. When planning ahead, you can have healthy options available and easier than ordering a cookie to go with that coffee.
Have a great week, and remember…plan, plan and plan some more!
Check out my other #80lbJourney Posts here:
- My #80lbJourney Week 1a: the starting point to a healthier me
- My #80lbJourney Week 1b: Over the Years – Turning Point
- My #80lbJourney Week 2: Keep Moving
- My#80lbJourney Week 3: Calories
- My #80lbJourney Week 4: One Month Results & Thoughts
- My #80lbJourney: Cheesies, Hickory Sticks and Beer! Oh My!
- My #80lbJourney week 6-7 : it’s not easy, but it can be done
- My #80lbJourney: Food, Fuel & A New Perspective
- My #80lbJourney – Getting the hang of this, I think