How many times in this past week have you heard or said “ I don’t have time to….” . I bet at least once. We often feel a sense of what some call time compression year round but especially feel it this time of year.
Allowing for 7 hours that the average American spends sleeping, we have 17 hours of productive time left in the day. The average commute to work is 30-45 minutes and taking into account the 8 hours spent at work, we are left with roughly 8 hours for “other” activities. Now, let’s throw the holiday season into the mix which brings shopping, wrapping, baking and party planning along with the eating and exercising all squeezed into those “other” 8 hours.
So as you can see, this time of the year will easily allow people to give up or set aside their health goals due to the feeling of “ I don’t have enough time”. This is where the habit of planning and preparing your meals for the week can really be a lifesaver. By spending 3-4 hours in one day preparing your food, you will “find” extra time the other 6 days.
Here is how to get started: Create a plan
Once you have done all of the above, you are ready to move on to the next step: Getting it prepared.
Here are examples of items to always have on hand as well–pre-washed bags of salads, hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit/vegetables, beef jerky and nuts. You can easily add cooked lean protein to a salad for a quick meal and the rest are great portable snacks to grab on the go for those long days of shopping.
Meal prepping is a key element for staying on track but even more so during the holiday season. Always having healthy, nutritious food ready and on hand makes life easier. It also helps build and maintain willpower levels because decision-making fatigues willpower. It’s human nature to always take the path of least resistance. Don’t let that path be the one that takes you away from your goals and back to where you started.