It often surprises people to hear that it is planning, not knowledge that is the key to dietary success. Many of us know what we should be eating, but it is the times we find ourselves out of routine, hungry and without nutritious options on hand to eat well, that things fall off the wagon with our diets. So if you know your nutrition could do with a little more planning, here are key areas to focus on:
1. Always start the week with your meals planned. Whether this means having a cook up each week to cook meals in advance; ordering meals online or doing your weekly grocery shop so you know what you are going to cook each night, not having to plan and start cooking your meals from scratch each day not only creates much time in the busy working week but it also helps to keep your fast food and take away meals to a minimum. So set aside a few minutes each weekend to get on top of your meals and you will not look back.
2. Pack your lunch and snacks the night before. Who has time in the morning to prepare food? Very few of us, which is why we buy our lunches out and end up snacking courtesy of the vending machine. Packing your lunch the night before not only helps you to utilise any leftovers but it ensures you start each day knowing what you will eat and when. This allows you to remain in control of your overall nutritional intake rather than being wooed by tempting treats and higher calorie foods when they cross you path.
3. Always carry a protein rich snack with you. When we think of snack food we generally think of sweet foods including fruits, snack bars, biscuits and cakes, all of which are high carb snack foods that are unlikely to keep you full and satisfied for more than an hour or two. On the other hand, protein rich snacks including nuts teamed with fresh fruit, a protein based snack bar or a BOUNCE energy ball are easy to keep in your desk drawer, car or handbag to grab when hunger un-expectantly strikes, or when you do not have time to prepare a balanced snack.
4. Be smart with your shopping. For you, this may be getting a fresh fruit and veggie box delivered to work each week, or doing one big shop each few weeks, or even picking up your snacks for work once a week during your lunch break. The key is to have a shopping routine that suits your lifestyle to ensure you have the foods on hand you need to eat well and prepare healthy meals. In busy lives, online options are becoming more popular, they save plenty of time and you can use them in many ways, such as having your BOUNCE energy balls delivered straight to your office each month.
5. Know your quick and easy options. In life, there is what is ideal and then what is reality and the reality is that even when we have the best intentions to eat well and stick to our diets, sometimes life gets in the way. When this happens, the best thing you can do is to know the healthiest options you can pick up on the run when you are too busy to prepare your meals or snacks. A plain salad, naked burrito, plain stir fry are all relatively healthy meal options, while protein based nut bars and energy balls such as BOUNCE tick the box nutritionally when it comes to healthy snacks.