When it comes to nutrition, many people use the excuse of not having enough time to eat, so they eat whatever is most convenient. This often leads them to make extremely poor decisions that negatively impact their overall body composition, fitness related goals, and overall health.
While of course life can be unpredictable, if ''not having time and eating whatever is convenient'' is a regular reason why you don't make good decisions, yes, this is an excuse!! Proper preparation prevents poor performance, nutritionally speaking. Developing good habits will help you establish a healthy, sustainable, and enjoyable lifestyle.
Here are some fairly foolproof ways to make sure that you make good decisions, no matter how busy you are or how unpredictable your schedule is.
1) Schedule a 30-60 minute window of time one day per week and prepare a bunch of healthy meals and snacks. Store them in the freezer or fridge, and in individual servings. You can take them with you when you are in a rush, or you will have an instant meal when you get home and don't feel like cooking.
2) Make leftovers. Take some of your leftovers to work the next day. Zero preparation time for that day will be required.
3) Educate yourself. Learn some easy to make recipes that are healthy and delicious. I don't have the patience to spend a lot of time cooking, but I have learned (or have come up with) many amazing meals and snacks that take next to no time to prepare, and that are extremely healthy.
4) Keep food at work. If you have a fridge, you have more options. Otherwise, bring some other foods that do not need to be refrigerated or frozen, and keep them in your office.
5) Keep some non-perishable snack foods in your car. This way, if you get stuck in traffic, or have to go somewhere unexpectedly, you won't be tempted to make bad decisions, or have an excuse to. I even keep a bag of protein powder in my car so I have access to protein if I am in a bind. Most people do not have instant access to protein, and as a result, crave junk food.
6) If you find that you go to the same unhealthy restaurants or stores to get food, scout out some healthier options. While it might not be a perfect option, it will definitely be better than making a poor choice, and doing so on a regular basis.
7) Map out some restaurants or stores where you will be able to purchase healthier foods. This way, if you are in a bind, you will know where to go and what to get.
8) Ask for help. If you forget to bring food to work, ask a coworker if they happen to have a spare piece of fruit, nuts, or something healthy that you can snack on. While I don't recommend doing this on a frequent basis as it might annoy your coworkers, the odd request shouldn't be a problem.
As many people know, failing to plan is planning to fail. If you are serious about feeling great, achieving an ideal body composition, and living a healthy lifestyle, it is up to you to educate yourself, and learn how to eat when you are in a rush. While it might feel like a sacrifice at first, the long-term benefits will be well worth it, and it should become fairly effortless. Make it happen, and reap the rewards