Hello there! My name’s Sarah and I chat away on Welsh Girl Eats.
Far too long ago, the lovely Jemma asked me to write a guest post for her. I’m only now getting around to it so this post is waaaayyyy overdue.
I’m going to share some of my tips for keeping healthy when life gets crazy!
Try to be organized.
I work shifts and have just completed a busy nursing degree so being organized is key; especially when it comes to packed lunches, dinners and snacks.
When I get a chance I usually roast a load of veggies and potatoes that I can take into work and add to my meals, and cook a batch of grains. I always prepare my packed meals the day before and to cover me for a couple of days.
Packed meals and snacks are essential.
I always take in snack bars, fruit, a bag of nuts and dried fruit to munch on if my energy levels get low or my meals need topping up, rice/oat cakes, healthy crisps (I know they’re nutritionally void but sometimes I just need something to fill a hole until I can eat something more substantial), and dark chocolate.
Knowing that my schedule is busy, I make sure I buy healthy foods that take up little or no prep time. For example, I love these raw, vegan snack bars:
I guess that leads on to my next point.
Don’t be afraid of packaged foods.
We’re quite lucky that most of our supermarkets stock fresh, natural foods that you can just grab such as hummus, or microwave brown rice, or a great soup.
I know these things aren’t ideal but it’s better than nothing. Plus, as long as you’re sensible and read the ingredients on the back before you buy you’ll be fine.
Stock your freezer up.
Jemma seems to be really good at this one. Make big batches of healthy meals and put some portions into your freezer for when you’re too busy to cook. I’m not great at this, but I make sure I have packets of frozen steam veg and rice.
These are great for times when you haven’t had a chance to go shopping for fresh produce.
Go easy on yourself.
In an ideal world, I’d eat the perfectly healthy diet all the time, and maybe not each too much chocolate on a daily basis. I’d never inhale my food rather than slowly savour and appreciate every bite. But life happens and no-one’s perfect. As long as you’re sensible most of the time then it’s all good. For example, I probably never have a day were I eat the ultimate healthy diet with no junk or sugar (or however else you wish to define the perfect diet), and I snack way too much. However, because I always make sure to incorporate veggies into lunch and dinner then the damage is minimal. You get the picture, right?
This one’s more tricky for me. I personally find it easier to be more disciplined with food than I do with exercise so I may not be the best person to give tips on this one. However, when I’m feeling overwhelmed I adjust my exercise expectations and make sure I get at least 40 mins of movement (walking is one of my faves) 4 times a week. I’m also rubbish at exercising in winter so in the winter months I rely on this, then one spring comes around I dig out my running gear and resume my spring-summer running schedule.
I guess if I were to sum this post up, my two take away points are to be organized and to be kind to yourself! There’s only so much you can do, and guilt and being hard on yourself is never helpful. Sometimes life does get too busy and you have to cut yourself some slack and allow other things to take priority.
What are your tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle when life becomes crazy?