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In honor of National Nutrition Month, which began only a few days ago, it’s time that we refocus our efforts on not necessarily “dieting,” but learning to eat well. Eating well in our modern world, however, is not an easy thing, especially considering all the other priorities that our calling for attention, like the pressures of doing well at work and maintaining a family. Still, the most important first step is making a balanced diet a priority. After that, everything eventually falls into place. Here are a few tips for fitting a balanced diet into your busy schedule.
1. Have pre-prepared healthy snacks with you to take on-the-go.
If you are an especially busy person, healthy snacks are an absolute must. By snacks, however, I do not mean pre-packaged diet chocolates that are marketed as health snacks. Rather, cut up raw veggies like carrots and vegetables, and refrigerate them in Tupperware boxes. You can do the same with fresh fruits like grapes. Unsalted, raw nuts like almonds are another excellent snack that have a long shelf life. Take them with you to the office or when traveling.
2. Don’t obsess over balance or portions.
Of course, just the words “balanced diet” may strike fear in the hearts of those who demand to know exactly what a balanced diet entails. While many books and magazines will give you tons of advice about portions and amounts of certain types of foods, a balanced diet means nothing more than one that is rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. Avoid processed foods. Eat three to six meals a day, and eat until you are satisfied, no more and no less. It’s really that simple.
3. Keep meals simple, satisfying and diverse.
The best way to maintain a balanced diet consistently is to prepare meals that are interesting, not particularly difficult, and diverse enough to keep you and your stomach interested. There are a plenty of recipes on the Internet and elsewhere that combine your favorite healthy foods into quick and wholesome meals. Just remember to plan your meals such that they don’t become an overwhelming chore after a long day’s work.
4. Enlist the help of family members or other cohabitants.
It’s difficult to maintain a balanced diet when the people with whom you live would rather eat junk food. When you ask help from family members or cohabitants, you’ll ease the cooking workload and get everyone on board with committing to leading a healthier life. Of course, it may be more difficult to do so with roommates than with your children, but try to convince non-family members by outlining the benefits of eating healthier.
If you aren’t used to eating balanced meals every day, making that change isn’t at first going to be easy. But once you get into a steady routine, and you begin to sense how much better you function after eating well, you’ll find yourself eating a balanced diet automatically. Good luck!
This guest post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for accredited online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: blauren99 @gmail.com.