Tips For Eating Healthy & Keeping Fit When Leading a Busy Life

photo credit: elitefitnessbemedji.comWe’ve all done it. Monday rolls around – the day that we’re supposed to start that new diet – but once again we’re making excuses.

The main one that seems to come up is being too busy, and with good reason. We’re working longer hours than ever before, and fitting in work, a social life, taking care of our children and pets and also finding the time to go for a run seems like an impossible task.

Something has got to give, it seems, and inevitably the thing that does is the thing that you least want to do. However, with some forward thinking and time saving tips you’ll be able to fit in the wholesome lifestyle you’ve been meaning to kick start since New Year’s Day. Read on…

Tight schedule

If you’re incredibly busy, it’s likely that you already have a bulging file-o-fax (or the 2013 equivalent) filled with endless appointments, to do lists and birthdays that you really can’t afford to forget. Your health, dear reader, should also be included in this – it is another vital task that you simply cannot put off any longer.

Make appointments with yourself to go for that jog, or to shop for healthy foods. If you arrange a time that you’re going to do these things you’re much more likely to get around to it. In time, these things will become part of your weekly routine. Plus, believe it or not, exercise and eating healthily will give you more energy, so you’ll be able to get all of your other jobs done much more quickly. Hurrah!


It’s natural that you’ll happily take a colleague’s help when you’re snowed under at work, so make a conscious decision to do this with your healthy lifestyle, too. Arrange for a family member to babysit so that you can attend that weekly exercise class, or ask your partner to pick up some healthy snacks for you on their way home. Explain to family and friends that you need support, and how they can help.

Take a seat

If you’re busy, it’s likely that you’ll wolf down your sandwiches on your way to a meeting rather than sitting down to eat. This sort of mindless eating can mean that you eat more than you intend to. Make a point of sitting down to eat each of your meals whenever you can, and take a sip of water in between mouthfuls to make sure you slow down. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you fill up!

Recipe corner

When you do have a spare few hours, use the time wisely and cook batches of a few recipes that you can heat up later, or at least get your ingredients prepared. Here are a few time saving tips.

  • Porridge is a fantastic way to start the day, but the same topping each morning can become dull. To keep things interesting, divide a seal-able lunchbox into sections using cardboard from a cereal box, and keep it topped up with healthy toppings such as nuts and berries. No time to sit down before leaving the house? Pop the whole thing in a flask and eat at your desk.
  • Soup makes a great, filling lunch and can be made in a really low fat way. Just roast your favourite vegetables with a touch of spray oil, then add them to a pan of stock, herbs and / or spices, and blend when finished. Ladle the soup into portions in freezer bags, and to avoid it sticking to your freezer, place the bags into bowls until frozen.
  • You can still enjoy comfort food for your evening meal, especially if you plan ahead. Choose recipes that are easy to cook in bulk such as lasagna, chili con carne and stew, but aim for lots of vegetables and only cook with extra lean meat. Plus, herbs and spices can make meals tasty without having to resort to including lots of fat like oil, cheese and butter.

About The Author

This post was contributed by Jonathon Harrelson. Jonathon enjoys cooking and eating healthily, he is also a keen runner and likes to go to the gym as often as he can. Thanks for reading!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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