What are some quick ways to eat healthier in this fast-paced society?

It is true…many people today eat based on convenience and time. Eating healthy in a fast paced and convenient society can be challenging. So many of my patients are overweight because they “grab” food and “go” and don’t pay much attention to what they are eating. They tell me that they want to eat healthy but get tempted by advertisements of juicy cheeseburgers, pizza slices dripping with cheese, and giant plates of pasta the size of their head. Sometimes it seems easier getting some of these take-out items than figuring out what to eat. In addition, we live in such a fast-paced society that most days, eating may be an afterthought for people. We get busy with our job. Skip breakfast and work through lunch—only to find ourselves ravenous when we get home and ready to eat the first thing we see. The way to combat this scenario is planning ahead. I have said it before and I will say it again. We need to plan ahead for consuming healthier foods and beverages.

I consider myself “successful” at eating healthy during the week when a few things happen. First thing I do to eat healthfully during the week is get to the grocery store! I know I say this all the time but it really makes a difference. Get in the habit of pre-planning your week’s meals on a weekend, and then make a grocery list accordingly. I look at my work schedule and figure out the nights that I will be able to cook and the nights where I may be tempted to grab something fast on the way home. On those days, I plan freezer meals that I can just pop in when I get home. This is always a good opportunity for me to investigate new recipes as well.Visit Old Orchard’s Recipe Page for some quick and simple recipes! On the days where I won’t be able to cook, I may start a “low and slow” crock pot meal in the morning and then dinner is ready when I get home. After I grocery shop, I take another hour or so and prep my meals by cutting up produce, cleaning chicken, organizing my pantry. The second thing that I do to eat healthy during the week is pack my breakfast and lunch the night before. I have a routine when I get home from work. I unpack my lunch sack and put the dishes in the dishwasher. Then I make dinner and clean up. Before I leave the kitchen I get out my lunch sack and place my breakfast (Greek yogurt or overnight oats) and assemble my lunch (generally a salad with mixed greens, carrots, tomatoes, shredded cheese and black beans OR homemade quinoa burger with avocado). Packing my breakfast and lunch not only saves me money but also helps me avoid the tempting pizza station in the work cafeteria.

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