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Feeling time-starved and too harried to grab a bite? Don’t let that be an excuse to make poor diet choices! It may seem daunting to take on a lifestyle overhaul and prepare nutritious meals in advance. But healthy eating doesn’t have to be a huge hassle, particularly with these simple habits you can easily incorporate into your jam-packed schedule.
You’ve heard this countless times before, but don’t skip breakfast. A simple power breakfast not only provides you with the energy you need to get through the day, it also jump starts your metabolism and make you less likely to go for the high-fat, sugar-laden doughnut later in the day.For breakfast on the go, a smoothie is a convenient option. Avoid those from commercial chains, though, as they are usually major calorie and sugar bombs. A smoothie is easy to make on your own. Toss in some frozen fruit, almond milk, nut butter (peanut or almond), seeds (chia seeds, sunflower, pumpkin or flax seed) for some fiber, and you’re good to go.
If you’re looking to squeeze in some grocery shopping time during lunch, make sure you’re not feeling especially peckish. Studies have shown that when you shop on an empty stomach, you are more likely to stray from your shopping list and add an extra bag of chips or chocolate bar to your shopping cart. Try shopping after a meal instead, or munch on a healthy snack (a handful of almonds or a banana) beforehand to stay focused and on track with your shopping.
Eating every three hours or so keeps blood sugar levels steady and reduce the likelihood of overeating at regular meal times. So yes, snacking actually helps you stick to your healthy eating plan even when you’re busy.Of course, your snack choices matter too. Keeping a serving or two of healthy snacks can stave away the munchies and prevent you from binge on unhealthy options. Stash a packet of plain baked almonds, walnuts or some dried fruit in your bag or desk drawer, or grab an apple or a banana on your way out. Stock up on fresh produce like baby tomatoes or carrots are you can easily pop into your mouth when you’re hungry. You could also bring along a small container of healthy, tasty dips like hummus or nut butter.
Another oldie but goodies, drinking adequate water is an effective way to suppress hunger. The recommended eight glasses of water a day will maintain energy levels, curb hunger pangs, sharpen concentration, and aid digestion. When dehydrated, our bodies tend to misinterpret this feeling as hunger, causing us to overeat.Before you reach for that sandwich, drink a glass of water and then reassess your hunger level. Also, drink about half an hour before minutes before and after a meal, as drinking immediately before or after can hinder digestion. Tepid or lukewarm water is best as cold water leads to gastrointestinal contraction and slows down digestion.
Juice cleanse are fast gaining popularity among office types who are not only desk bound for longer than is advisable, but are also so pressed for time that they tend to wolf down a quick, high-fat, low-fiber meal that packs a mean calorie punch.Aside from making smarter dining choices like opting for steamed, poached, broiled, grilled, or baked meat and avoiding anything crispy, sauteed or Au gratin, our juice cleanse plans may just be what your body needs to hit the refresh button. It involves replacing your daily meals and drinks (caffeinated and alcoholic) with six servings of 500ml organic cold-pressed juices for three to five days. The result? Radiant, glowing skin, and a recharged metabolism and digestive system.
Interested in finding out more about the different types of juice cleanse plans? Click on the “Cleansing Kit” tab at the top!
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