How to eat healthy when you're always on the go

Hey, we get it. You’re busy as hell.

And when you don’t want to waste a single second of your day, eating healthy takes the backseat. 

So whenever you feel hungry, you just run down the convenience store or cafeteria and grab whatever is the easiest and quickest thing to eat. Sure, that large fries and chocolate bar will fill you up temporarily but your choices can take a toll on your health in the long run.

So, what’s the best thing to do for a busy person like you?

Here are a few tips that will help you make healthier food choices while you are powering through your day. 

  • Commit to proper meal planning
  • Meal planning is important, even more so when you’re always eating on the go. You’ll less likely be tempted to buy your snacks from the vending machine when you have healthy options to choose from. 

    Schedule some time during the weekend to make a food plan. Check what’s in your fridge and pantry, make a healthy grocery list, and do some of the prep to reduce the time you need to spend in the kitchen during the rest of the week. Purchase containers that you can easily bring with you to wherever you go. In other words, make it convenient for you to eat healthy. 

  • Have an eating schedule
  • Sure, what you eat is important but when you eat affects your health too. Establishing an eating routine is like “training” for your stomach, so you don’t snack all day and overeat. 

    The key is to set a specific time for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks at the same time each day. Avoid distractedly munching on a bag of chips while working on a proposal at your office desk. Take time to focus on your food. This will make your eating experience more pleasurable and more filling. 

  • Avoid sugary drinks
  • Iced coffee, orange juice, soda - what you drink can significantly increase the added sugars in your diet. This leads to weight gain and may also contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. Sugar from drinks are much worse than sugar from food because they are empty calories that provide zero nutrition. 

    It is best to just stick to water as much as you can! Black coffee and tea are pretty safe choices too. You can keep a water bottle and cup in your desk to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. 

  • Plan in advance when you’re eating out

  • Restaurant food is often packed with hidden calories and fat. It’s easy to overindulge and order the wrong things if you are not prepared. 

    The good news? You can find healthy options almost anywhere nowadays. The trick is to look at the menu before going to the restaurant and plan your order in advance, so you won’t be tempted by mouth-watering photos and enticing descriptions. 

    Also, don’t be shy to ask your server if it’s possible to make a healthier version of a meal you like. You can request them to prepare it with less oil or less cheese. You can also ask for sauces and dressings to be served on the side so you easily control your portions. 

    You can do this!

    Eating healthy takes a bit of effort but it’s totally worth it. Just stay committed and you’ll see improvement in your health in the long run. Good luck!