One of the most important things you can do for your health is prepare your own meals and snacks for a busy day. Plenty of us go to work and school without thinking about where our next meal will come from. Unfortunately, meal choices away from the home tend to be costly and nutrient poor. Learn to pack yourself healthy meals and snacks for the day, paying close attention to how long you will be away from your kitchen. You will quickly notice a difference in both energy and the money you save.
Preparing your own meals will:
a. Keep you from going hungry all day and binging once you arrive home famished.
b. Give you knowledge of the ingredients included in your meal.
c. Allow you to have what you crave and enjoy it at your finger tips.
d. Save time. You will save the extra time it would have taken you to drive to the super market or local cafe to get a quick bite to eat. Isn’t it true, more times than not, you leave work for a quick meal and you end up bringing it back with only a few minutes to spare before your back on the clock. You barely have a second to breathe, let alone gulp down a few bites of your meal before your back in the saddle, working like a busy little bee! Not only is eating in such a hurried manner not enjoyable, its not good for your digestive system.
People who eat on-the-go tend to have a greater incidence of digestive problems. Take fifteen to twenty minutes to slow down and taste your food. When you pack your food you save time, money, energy, and your precious health.
Some tips to get you on track to preparing and taking your meals with you:
- Invest in Tupperware, a lunchbox, and a water bottle
- Buy items in bulk, such as nuts, fruits, and seeds; Make single size portions to use as snacks throughout the day.
- Prepare an extra serving of the meal you make for dinner and use it as your lunch for the next day; Use simple spices or sauces to change it up.
- Fill and refill your water bottle all day; Drinking water will flush your body of toxins, keep you energized, and stop you from craving sweets and crunchy snacks. Most people feel hungry when really all they are craving is a big, cold glass of water. Thirst disguises itself well as food cravings. Always drink water when you feel that you are having a weird craving for food, more times than not it is because you are thirsty.