BLOG NUTRITION, FOOD, LIFESTYLE, HEALTH
July 17, 2013
Top 5 Solutions to Nutrition Challenges
Making healthy changes to your meal plan includes one key word that can prove to be very difficult: "change." Here are a few challenges you may be presented with in effectively making healthy changes, and ideas for how to work around them:
“I don’t have time to meal track”
- Try planning the next day’s meals by inputting foods the night before
- Write down what you eat on paper, then enter it in the tracker when you get home
“I don’t have time to make dinner”
- Experiment with semi-homemade meals. Trader Joe’s and other stores carry foods that have been washed, cut and seasoned already- so all you have to do is cook and eat!
- Make foods such as casseroles or soups in bulk, then freeze for later
“I’m too busy to eat lunch”
- Eating a mid-day meal is a priority. But it can be tricky when you’re busy or rushed. If you need a reminder, set an alarm on your computer, watch or phone.
- If you are pressed for time, make a food that is ready to eat such as a sandwich, salad or wrap
“I’m not at home to eat snacks”
- In the car or at work? Stash protein bars, baggies of walnuts or almonds or turkey jerky for an emergency protein-filled snack to keep you full and satisfied
"I don’t like water”
- Staying hydrated is very important for your workouts, satiety and proper function of your body and its cellular processes
- Try decaffeinated, unsweetened iced or hot teas
- Try sparkling water with ice and a splash of lime or lemon
- Try it iced: keeping your water bottle in the freezer the night before can give you fresh, cold water all day
Remember, when you are faced with a challenge it is up to you to decide how to best face it! Try these ideas to see if they help. And remember, you can always utilize your other resources: friends, family, your trainer, your dietitian or workout buddy for other great tips and ideas.