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Everyone has a busy life. I’m the queen of saying, “I have so much to do and so little time.” Once I graduated college and started working full time, I had no idea how I was going to balance working out, eating healthy food, taking my supplements and spending time with family and friends. I was afraid of getting burnt out from everything. Along the way, I created some habits, tips and tricks to work a full time job and still take charge of my health.
Meal prep and track
When I was commuting to an office to work, meal prepping became by best friend. I packed breakfast and lunch because I was leaving the house very early in the morning. I made all my food the night before and relied on overnight oats, dry cereal, yogurt, and smoothies for breakfast. Every once in a while, I packed a frozen breakfast such as an egg white bowl. Lunch mainly consisted of chicken, turkey sandwiches, yogurt, salad, or wraps.
I also tracked all the food I was eating in MyFitnessPal. This allowed me to see how much (or how little) I was eating and visualize my goals. If I was cutting, I wanted to be certain that I wasn’t eating too much and if I was in a muscle building phase, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t eating too little. MyFitnessPal is super helpful with tracking measurements since it gives you several different options for units. However, I would highly recommend getting a food scale so that you have exact measurements. You can count as many pieces as you want but if you try to eyeball 4 ounces of chicken, it’s not as easy as it looks.
Pack extra snacks
I always packed extra snacks to make sure I wouldn’t be hungry throughout the day and then be tempted to buy something unhealthy. My snack options ranged from almonds, to pretzels, popcorn, or healthy chips. Sometimes if we had any cookies or dessert in the house, I would pack exactly one serving of that and pre-track it so that I could fit it in without going over my goals. I’m not a fan of restriction, so if I want something sweet, I’ll have it in moderation.
Make your supplements portable
There’s no need to bring all your supplement bottles with you wherever you go. Whether you’re going to work, working from a different location, or just going out, make it a priority to make your supplements portable. I have small containers labeled with the days of the week for any of my capsule supplements. Most, if not all, of my powder supplements come in travel packets. Not a day goes by where I don’t take my greens, pre and probiotic, and vegan collagen builder. I also try to have protein once a day while I’m working because its quick, easy, and portable. Sometimes the morning’s get very busy and there’s not enough time to start heating things up in the microwave or putting together the pre-prepped food. I love having smoothies because I can drink it throughout the morning and they hold me over until my next meal.
Eat and drink things that make YOU feel good
Just because someone drinks lemon water and tea every morning to wake up and feel good, does not mean you have to go do exactly what they’re doing. If it doesn’t make you feel good, don’t do it. It’s that simple. For me, I like starting my morning with greens. Some people have them in their smoothie or mid-day. After having greens, I either have coffee or a tizzy (aka tea with fizz) What I like about Arbonne’s products is that they’re portable and travel friendly but I’ll go into that in another post. Back to the main topic, don’t be a follower. Do what is right for you and makes you feel good when you’re starting your day.
Keep it simple
Keeping it simple makes life easier when you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle and balance work, friends, and family. As a recent college graduate, I know what its like to try to be healthy on a budget. You don’t need to buy every little thing as organic, non-GMO, gluten free, grain free, etc. It’s important to listen to your body first and foremost and then see what you want to include or remove. As long as you’re making a conscious effort to better yourself and live a healthy lifestyle, you’re already improving yourself. It can be something as simple as switching out your protein for one that is clean and beneficial. Or packing veggies as snacks instead of cookies. Or even a salad once or twice a week. Small changes over time will lead to bigger changes down the road.
Get your steps in
This one is huge for me. During the work day, I don’t move very much, aside from going downstairs to get food and walking back to my computer. Before quarantine, I made sure that I walked on the treadmill or stair master to make sure I got some steps in before work. Now that I’m home and the weather is nice, I make it a point to walk outside before starting my day. I walk 2-3 miles a day and I noticed it makes a major difference in my day. When I don’t walk, the rest of my day is a drag.