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9 Simple Healthy Eating Rules for Busy People

9 Simple Healthy Eating Rules for Busy People

Our modern lifestyle, with all its good sides, also has brought disorder in our eating and sleeping patterns, as well as a decrease in physical activity.

Nowadays, we spend most of our time being static — while commuting to the job, sitting at a desk in the office, or relaxing on the couch. If we add the lack of time for exercise, then we get a perfect way to gain weight and live an unbalanced life. After a long day at the office and surviving rush hour traffic, the last thing on your mind is making a healthy meal. We all do the same: order our favorite food (we deserve it, after getting through the day) and wait for it in front of the TV.

People link healthy living with skipping out on things and, in some way they are right – fast food, alcohol, cigarettes, and sweets all have to go out. It does seem daunting, but it is doable. It all comes down to the way of preparing food, making choices, and changing the way we think.

Having a healthy diet despite your busy schedule is possible. Here’s how to do it.

1. Blend Everything

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    There is a way to create a healthy and nutritious meal in a few minutes. Wondering how? The answer is – blending. The blended meal can replace breakfast, lunch or dinner or it can be a refreshing snack. This way you can make smoothies, soups or whipped dips.

    What can be blended? Absolutely everything – fruits, vegetables and even meat. There are many recipes on the Internet so the ideas are plenty, and you can express your creativity by combining the food you love or experiment with food mixtures that seem interesting.

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    Smoothies are also quite effective because they stop your sugar cravings if you add some low-fat yogurt or ice cream.

    2. Have a Healthy Delivery

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      It often happens that lunch breaks at work are spent working instead of actually enjoying a meal. In these moments, we reach for pastries, donuts or pizza delivery. I, for example, know by heart the phone numbers of pizza joints and fast food restaurants and order unhealthy food without thinking. That has to change!

      Find which restaurants serve healthy food on the Internet and the next time you wish to order, call them. You will be surprised how many tasty and nutritious meals you will be able to choose! Salads with grilled chicken or seafood, various types of grilled fish, grilled calamari or pasta with goat cheese, lemon and asparagus. You’ve already gotten hungry, haven’t you?

      3. Protein Powder and Bars

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        Protein supplements have become a necessity for a busy lifestyle since protein-rich food doesn’t come cheap, and there is less time to prepare it. When you are late for work in the morning, rushing to the door, the last thing you have in mind is to make a quick meal, and this is one scenario where protein shakes and bars come in handy.

        In some cases, you may simply find that there is one particular protein shake flavor or protein bar that you find absolutely delicious and just want to include it in your diet. But remember, although these helpful supplements may be a convenient way to make you full, it doesn’t mean that they are a replacement for a proper meal. It is advisable to consume them regularly but only as an addition to a well-balanced diet.

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        4. Carry Your Health in Bottles

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          What first comes to your mind when you think of a healthy drink? If it’s water you’re thinking of, you are right. What the body needs – water provides. It re-hydrates our system because we lose fluids through breathing, sweating, and metabolism. Water has one more advantage – it is calorie and sugar-free.

          Always have a small bottle of water in your purse, car and at the office desk. This way you will remind yourself to hydrate. If you want to save the money and spare yourself from stopping by in store when you realize you didn’t buy the water the night before, fill bottles at home. Use water filtered pitchers to filter water, and pour it into the bottle you will carry before leaving the house. Water filters reduce lead, zinc, copper, cadmium, mercury, chromium, DDT and chlorine taste. If you like flavored waters, you can add crushed berries, crushed mint, peeled and sliced cucumber or sliced citrus fruits into the container.

          5. Prepare for the Workweek Accordingly

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            Having food prepared in advance is essential to keep healthy eating habits, as well as to lose or maintain weight. When healthy meals are ready and immediately available, we are more likely to eat those meals instead of ordering unhealthy fast food or stopping at the store for a quick snack.

            Also, by doing this, we reduce stress and anxiety when trying to figure out what to eat every single day for the rest of our lives. The key to success is in preparation. It’s simple – it is all about in the make-ahead recipes that you can prepare and enjoy eating all week. Furthermore, everything can be done in just one day, so you don’t need to stress about it for the rest of the workweek.

            6. Be Careful What You Order in Restaurants

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              Sometimes people avoid restaurants thinking it will sabotage their healthy diet, but that doesn’t necessarily need to happen if you plan ahead, consider the menu and choose your meal carefully to keep it up with your diet plan. Even if you are eating out at a café or a restaurant, you can make healthy choices to ensure that your meal is well balanced.

              If you do not want to end up eating more than you would have done when you are serving your own portions, the first thing to remember is that wherever, whatever and whenever you are eating – you do not need to clear your plate! Try to eat slowly, take your time and stop eating when you are full.

              7. Stack Favorite Fruit and Veggies Everywhere

                Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Also, they lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Eating produce can make weight management easier because they are low in calories. Consuming fruit and vegetable regularly contributes to weight loss or maintenance of a healthy body shape.

                Do not forget to fulfill your daily dose of fresh produce, and also to always have a fresh snack that will quench your hunger. The trick is to leave fruits and vegetables on tactical places. Leave the apple on the office desk and put a banana in a drawer. Leave an orange in the car; i.e. – in the glove compartment. Put a carrot in your purse, and perhaps have some grapes on the living room table. Of course, the choice and combination of fruits and veggies depend on you and your affinity.

                8. Opt for Yogurt

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                  Yogurt can be a great ally in your healthy diet plan, but like any other food it should be eaten moderately since balanced and varied diet is necessary for good health. It is a great dairy product, rich in calcium and protein, but more importantly, it is low in fat and calories.

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                  Finding a type of yogurt that suits your needs is also important, and it is determined on how much you eat on a daily basis because some are more nutritious than others. For example, if you are not into plain low-fat yogurt, which is very nutritious by the way, you can add to it other foods to improve flavor such as fruit for sweeter taste or nuts to add some crunchiness while increasing nutritious protein and healthy unsaturated fats.

                  9. Healthy Sandwich Options Worthy of a King

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                    All it takes is correct planning and only about five minutes to make – the sandwich is the perfect choice combining whole grains, veggies, and protein into one filing meal. It is basically two pieces of bread that leave room in-between for an indefinite amount of stacked nutrients, and when it is done right, it makes for a healthy and filling option. So if you want something done right – do it yourself.

                    To make a low-calorie sandwich without sacrificing good taste or satisfaction try to add some avocados or pickles, pile it on the veggies, switch to whole-grain and skip the bread altogether. Try to introduce some meat-free proteins or just think beyond basic meat and cheese and add flavor with low-calorie accompaniments. And after all, remember – diet is not only about losing weight, it’s about eating right!

                    Go Healthy!

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                      Healthy living is a long-term commitment, and it requires an effort in the beginning. To succeed, make plans – what and when you’re going to eat. When you have the opportunity, prepare your meals and drinks at home to avoid the risk of returning to old habits.

                      Make sure to leave produce and snacks in places where you spend most of your time. Explore the Internet for healthy recipes and if you feel like giving up, remember all the benefits that your new lifestyle will bring.

                      Featured photo credit: newhealthadvisor.com via newhealthadvisor.com

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                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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