Greetings! I want to start off by apologizing for my lack of posts this past month. In the last four weeks, I had a four day slumber party at the hospital for the popapalooza, studied like crazy for my Clinician Nutrition Support Certification and researched/presented on evaluating and diagnosing malnutrition at a Rehab Conference in Nashville. As you can imagine, it left little time to experiment in the kitchen and blog. However, I can promise you all one thing... I have learned an incredible amount of information and now I am an even better clinician, ready to share my newfound knowledge!
One of the most common questions or barriers that I hear when counseling is, “How can I fit exercise or cooking into my busy schedule," or remarks about there not being enough time in the day. The conversation then typically leads to a discussion including these two words: priorities and planning!
Let's get real here. I doubt you spend your days horizontal watching Netflix! Each and every one of you is busy, but if being healthy and staying fit is a priority, you can make it work! It just takes some planning.
With my packed schedule and lengthy to do list the past several weeks, I was still able to eat healthy and exercise. I am not saying it was easy, and there were days where I was pretty tired, but I made it! I am going to share some tips I learned along the way.
1. Understand your schedule. I made a schedule for the entire month of September and the first couple weeks of October. This included my work, study and social schedules.
2. Socialize. This is where I had to prioritize and pick which parties/events I could go to because there was just not enough hours in the day to do everything. It was wonderful having the support of family and friends- they totally understood my busy schedule. This is a pretty important tip that will help keep you sane.
3. Plan your meals. I scheduled dinners for two weeks, as usual, but I picked dinners that could be done within 20 minutes or less. My favorite quick and healthy dinners are tofu stir-fry, pita pizzas with carrot or celery sticks, veggie scrambled eggs or omelets, pan-seared salmon/tilapia with frozen vegetables, and salads with tuna fish.
4. Be realistic and efficient with your exercise schedule. For example, on some days, I would walk to work then run home. If you can't walk to work, take a walk after lunch and remember, always take the stairs. You will be surprised how many extra steps you get in throughout the day by doing both strategies. Also, never miss a planned gym session! Even if you can work out for 20 minutes, do it! I promise you won't regret it.
5. Stay positive! This is my last, but more important tip. You can and will make it through this crazy life! If you find yourself heading down the wrong path, take a second to regroup and fix the problem. Look at your calendar and reassess. Lapses in the game plan are okay, it's the relapses that we try to avoid.
Since you are reading this blog post, you know that you care about your health- so take time to plan and prioritize and you will be successful! I hope that these tips help make your busy days healthier and happier!
I am a registered dietitian, licensed nutritionist, foodie, fitness enthusiast, traveler and runner, living in the city of brotherly love. I have a passion for cooking and sharing delicious, healthful food. I enjoy working with clients to help them achieve their health and nutrition goals.