Trying to save time, what goes first? When we are pushed for time and rushing around trying to get it all done, many people find it very easy to skip meals either deliberately or accidentally. Do you ever feel too rushed to eat breakfast or too sleepy to cook dinner? Or maybe you do eat but it’s hit and miss, catching something on the go, you pull into the fuel station and suddenly feel hungry when you see the shelf containing the crisps and pasties.
You may feel that you save time by not eating or stopping for a meal, but what is that hit-or-miss dining doing to your body? There is much evidence to prove that intermittent fasting leads to lower energy levels, irritability, and nutritional deficits. Erratic eating patterns can also trigger insulin resistance and increase your risk for type 2 diabetes.
If you’re ready for a change, check out these safer and more effective alternatives that will let you both save time and still enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Save Time Without Skipping Meals
Balanced meals can be whipped up quickly. Find shortcuts that work with your busy schedule.
- Simplify recipes. Look for recipes that require only a few ingredients or promise to put dinner on the table in 15 minutes or less. Use shortcuts to streamline your favorite dishes when you’re in a rush.
- Shop the frozen aisle. Speaking of shortcuts, the freezer section could be your first stop. Frozen vegetables usually have nutritional value similar to their fresh counterparts.
- Cook in batches. Double the recipe the next time you cook lasagna or chili. Separate the leftovers into individual servings and freeze them for fast meals in the future.
- Revamp your kitchen. Renovating your kitchen is expensive, but you may be able to make simple adjustments that will speed up meal preparation. Send seldom-used equipment off to the basement to free up space. Buy drawer organizers that will let you grab the steamer immediately instead of searching for it.
Many busy people could eat better if they took the time to plan ahead
Save Time By Planning Ahead to Avoid Skipping Meals
Do meal times take you by surprise? Keep healthy food handy throughout the day by becoming more organized.
- Stock your cupboards. You’ll know what’s for dinner if you keep your cabinets full of basic staples. That includes whole grains, beans, and nuts.
- Carry supplies. Store yogurt in the office refrigerator for a quick meal. Pack a cooler with carrots and other healthy snacks for car trips.
- Create weekly menus. Create a meal plan for you and your family so you’ll be prepared for early dinners on the night of the school play or weekend brunches when you have guests. As a bonus, you’ll probably spend less time grocery shopping if you can do it all in one trip.
- Research travel destinations. Locating the nearest farmer’s market or vegetarian restaurant in any neighborhood is as easy as going online. Line up your options before you leave home.
Many people deliberately miss meals as they are trying to lose a few pounds this is a recipe for disaster, so even if you’re on a diet you should make time for food.
Losing Weight Without Skipping Meals
You may feel virtuous when you save calories and save time by taking a pass on lunch. However, skipping meals can slow your metabolism, increase abdominal fat, and aggravate junk food cravings. There are smarter ways to slim down.
- Make time to exercise. The smart way to manage your weight is to combine a healthy diet with increased physical activity. Exercise will help you maintain muscle mass, and may even boost your metabolism so you burn more calories even at rest.
- Make friends with food. Do you think of food as your enemy? Remember, it fuels your body and gives you pleasure. A healthy attitude about food can help you make sounder choices.
- Consume more vegetables. One of the easiest ways to slim down is to eat more produce. Most fruits and vegetables are nutrient dense.
Instead of missing meals to try and save time, give your mind and body the nourishment they need to keep you in top form. Managing your time and losing weight gradually will help you to stay fit and productive.
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Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor
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