During stressful times, the first and easiest thing to let go of is your nutrition. It’s easy to justify that eating well doesn’t matter, because, well, it’s not making you any money.
When you’re in business-survival mode, thinking about preparing dinner adds to the stress on your already-full plate. How can you make sure you’re nourishing your body and mind, when you don’t have time to cook at night? Or what about those mid-afternoon pick-me-ups?
It’s not a surprise that food nourishes the mind and you do your best work when you eat well. Here are a few things that you can do to take the stress out of eating, especially when you don’t have time to eat.
1. Meal prep.
This is very popular, and there’s a reason for it. Take a few hours out of your Sunday (or whatever day works for you) and prepare meals for the upcoming week. Store single servings in glass Tupperware, and freeze anything that you don’t plan to eat in a few days. I like to have at least 2 different meals in my freezer at one time, depending on what I feel like eating. It makes for a very quick dinner (you only need to reheat your food) and saves me time when I have other things to do. Great foods for this include soups and stews in a slow-cooker, which can cook your meal while you work.
2. Keep easy snacks on hand.
“Easy snacks” are quick to prepare and require few ingredients. This includes things like carrot sticks and hummus, mixed raw nuts, or almond butter and apple slices. These are great, healthy options which take no more than 2 minutes to put together. If you have extra time on your meal-prep day, granola is super easy to make in bulk and is a perfect mid-afternoon pick me up as well.
3. Use a grocery delivery service.
Sometimes the worst part about eating isn’t even the cooking – it’s the grocery shopping. If you often find your house empty with nothing to eat, find out which grocery stores offer delivery services. These have become more and more popular in the last few years, so there are likely services in your area. If you plan ahead, some companies provide a weekly grocery drop-off, which can be a great time-saver.
4. Set yourself mealtime alarms.
When you’re stressed and under pressure, it’s easy to forget to eat. By the time you know it, it’s 2pm and you haven’t so much as thought about food. This isn’t a good habit to get into, so if you find yourself doing this consistently, I suggest scheduling “breaks” for snacks and meals. Add alerts to your calendar so you’re able eat often throughout the day, keeping your blood sugar even. You’ll be more alert and productive throughout the day.
Eat a quick breakfast.
No matter how busy you are, never forget breakfast. I don’t mean something complicated like bacon and eggs. Look for quick breakfast recipes to save you time. Whip up a smoothie in 5 minutes, or take 3 minutes the night before to prepare some overnight oats. Got a juicer? A nice, green juice is a great way to start the morning.