I get it, we’re ALL busy right!? But you, you’re exceptionally busy. And focusing on a nutrition program that suits your needs is a truly difficult thing, isn’t it? If only there were some great nutrition tips for busy women that you could follow – everything would work out SO much better right?
Well, I knew you’d say that! And I want to help.
Just because you have a busy schedule, it doesn’t mean you’re doomed to stay the same – and never reach your dream body. In fact, it IS very possible to have weight loss and body transformation success VERY easily.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t say it would be EASY! What I am saying is that you can most definitely put some specific tools and habits in place to make the process of sticking to your diet less of a hassle! With that, of course, comes long term success towards your goals.
So let’s discuss 4 tips that will get, and keep, you on track when it comes to your approach to meal planning and your overall nutrition.
Tip #1: Get on a Meal Plan – Period.
If you aren’t already doing this, then it goes without saying that you need to start.
I know the thought of getting onto an actual meal plan can feel a bit restrictive for some. But, if you are a woman who is constantly on the go, the last thing you want to worry about is what you need to eat next.
Following a sound meal plan that is specifically structured for your needs and goals is a great way to take the guesswork OUT of the equation. Even more importantly, allow you to go on autopilot without the pressure of coming up with what to eat next on your own.
I strongly suggest you either hire a coach to work with that you trust, or if you have the know how, to create a meal plan of your own. There are amazing tools like My Fitness Pal to help you out with that.
Tip #2: Designate a Day or Two During The Week to Prep ALL Your Food
Once you figure out how much you should be eating to achieve your goals, and you have a meal plan in place, it’s now time of course to PREP your foods.
But here’s something to keep in mind…
If staying on track means everything to you, then you want to do everything in your power to ensure your own success.
And for many of you, this might definitely mean to prepare as many of your meals ahead of time. I know that it feels really great to be able to have a warm, fresh, cooked meal as often as you can. Or, you might even sometimes feel a bit lazy and not want to have to take the time to prepare your food in bulk.
However, as a woman who already has SO little time for herself, it is dually important to make sure that you spare some time in the week to self-nurture and care for YOU.
This is one of those instances where you can embody this concept in a tangible way.
Designate a Second Meal Prep Day
I like to advise clients to designate one day during the week as their big cooking day. On this day, your goal is to whip up enough food to last you at least through half the week (up to 4 days is perfect).
Then, keep a second backup day in place to be able to cook up a some odds and ends that you may need as the week goes on.
Perhaps it can mean another batch of your meat based proteins, or maybe you need to cook up some extra potatoes or rice.
Or maybe you just feel like having something a little different than the leftovers you have from earlier on in the week.
That second cooking day is a great opportunity to add variety, spice things up a bit, and more importantly, get your food geared up for the remaining days of the week within consistency.
Tip #3: Vacuum Seal and Freeze Extra Portions of Food for Later
I am a HUGE fan of vacuum sealing food!
Let’s face it, no matter how perfect you plan to be when it comes to dedicating yourself to weekly meal prepping, designating cooking days, and staying on track… Something will ALWAYS come up and prevent you from being simply GREAT.
How many times have you been in a situation where you have nothing ready-to-eat on your plan, AND you’re feeling far too lazy to cook?
Don’t feel bad, we all have been there.
A few years ago, I got hip to vacuum sealing my food – and I never looked back.
Vacuum sealers are pretty cheap to come by. You can easily get an affordable and easy-to-use one at Target, Walmart, or Amazon.
The great thing is that you can plan ahead, allowing yourself to stay on track by easily FREEZING your meals after vacuum sealing.
Portion out your meats, cooked grains (rice, etc), and even steamed vegetables. Slip them into the vacuum bag, then seal away. This way, the next time you’re short on time, you can simply pop one of those babies out of the freezer, allowing it to thaw. Then easily heat it up whichever way you choose.
Simple, no fuss, no excuses.
Tip #4: Keep an Emergency Healthy Snacks Stash In Your Office
The final tip I’ll share with you today centers around what you can do to take care of yourself when it’s crunch time at work.
Often, I’ll have clients tell me how even with their best intentions and efforts, late night at the office, or unexpected meetings can often find them without having access to their meals.
Or maybe, when things get super hectic and she’s running around the office, she doesn’t have time to pack her foods and EVERYTHING gets thrown off.
One of the best ways I help clients to navigate those crazy times is by keeping an emergency stash right in their work space!
To put one together for yourself, grab the following:
- A large box or storage container of some kind.
- Your favorite protein powder mix.
- 1-2 1 liter bottles of water.
- Shelf stable almond milk (optional)
- A shaker bottle
- A box of protein bars
- A bag of nuts OR individual sized peanut or almond butter.
- Dried fruit
- Cans or pouches of tuna fish or chicken.
- Pre-cooked vacuum sealed rice.
- Canned low fat soup.
- Disposable (recyclable) utensils and plates
Once you gather all of this, pack it all into the box or container, and simply store it so that it is out of your line of sight.
That is the absolute KEY to ensuring that you don’t mindlessly snack on these things.
However, should you get into a situation where you are stuck, and cannot eat what’s on your plan, you have a back-up!
Let’s face it, being busy is likely not going to change anytime soon…
But, don’t let that stop you from doing what you have to do for yourself to be successful in your weight loss efforts.
Put these 4 tips into action, and watch how much easier everything comes together for you while helping you to stay on track.
I hope this inspires you to never give up, and to keep reaching for your greatness!