You’re busy right? Always busy. E-mails accumulate, the laundry accumulates and your to-do list never gets shorter. It is true for all of us, and the last thing anyone needs is another concern – especially when it comes to something as important as our health.
Between work, family and trying to live a social life, taking care of your food can often be more of a burden than a great journey you can make with your body. I run an organic food delivery company in New York City, and my days are filled with meetings, phone calls, endless emails and extinguishing fires (mostly metaphorical, but there has also been a physical one)
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Whether you have a business or a busy family, your brain often works hard to help other people and is not focused on yourself. So when it comes to healthy eating and making healthy choices, it is important to make it as easy, efficient and light to the mind as humanly possible!
Over the years I have learned a few life-saving tricks that have ensured that I received my daily nutrients without claiming my precious brain power. Those tricks have become habits, and now staying healthy – even on the busiest days – has become second nature and no other task on my to-do list.
Here are some of the healthy habits that I have set in my daily routine to ensure that my body and mind are cared for, and you can use them to do the same!
1. Optimize your meal.
Every time you eat is an opportunity to bring nutrients into your body. Make it a habit to add something extra, something to every meal. Keep a supply of superfoods such as ground flax, chia and hemp seeds to hand. These guys really help to add an extra dose of nutrients, with a minimal (if any) effect on taste. They are great for everything from yogurt to soup to chocolate cake! Experiment with new superfoods and new combinations!
2. Optimize your morning too.
In a related post, I explain that even my morning coffee gets a little extra love by adding a scoop of coconut oil for a dose of good, healthy fats (which are so important for a healthy body!). My new favorite trick is to add Healthforce’s Earth powder to my coffee, or in a glass of almond milk with maple syrup for a tasty caffeine-free treat!
3. Select the vegetarian option.
If you have decision fatigue (that which happens just before lunch after a hectic morning or after a long day at work), choose the vegetarian option for your meal. Stay away from the easy to eat options for bread, meat and cheese, and you are one step closer to making a healthy decision without looking at it again.
4. Eat your water.
Today I looked at the clock and realized it was 4 p.m. and I hadn’t had a glass of water all day! Fortunately, I had eaten a moisturizing breakfast of fresh fruit and organic yogurt, and I had a monster salad with tons of watery vegetables such as fresh arugula and baby kale, topped with chopped vegetables such as cucumber, bell pepper, and carrots. If you eat fresh fruit and vegetables with every meal, you don’t have to emphasize so much that you get your eight glasses every day; you will be hydrated and probably glow!
5. Make happy hour even happier.
If you go for the after-work cocktail, opt for cocktails with fresh juices, sparkling water and lime, or try to make your own brew with an herbal tea as a mixer. It goes great with dark alcohols such as whiskey and rum! In our MindBodyGreen video course we share one of our favorite cocktails steeped in cleansing herbs and chia seeds!
6. Breathe in.
Take a moment before your meal to stop, breathe and recognize the food that you are going to put into your body, and the love that it will send to every molecule of your being. That meal is there to help and support you and to give you fuel so that you can keep rocking like the superstar you are! Eating in a relaxed, present, loving state of mind will help your body absorb nutrients more efficiently.
These are just a few ways to add a little nutrient to your day. I would like to hear about some of the healthy habits that you have created in your life to ensure that taking care of your diet is not a problem. Leave a comment below!