This weekend I had the absolute pleasure of presenting on behalf of the Canadian Health Food Association, at the Green Living Show in Toronto.
I love the Green Living Show. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn about so many sustainable organizations and brands, working hard to help keep us and the environment cleaner, greener, healthier and happier. Ultimately this is what we all want. Unfortunately, it can be difficult as the hustle and bustle of life sometimes causes us to cut corners making unhealthy, or unsustainable choices.
We often get stressed out, overwhelmed and overworked. This is simply the reality for many parents. As a new mom, working full-time, I get it. There are just not enough hours in the day.
To help overcome these struggles and find the time to live healthier and happier lives, I presented my top 10 favourite tips to get back on track when life gets in the way and takes us off course of our healthy habits and intentions.
There are lots of ways that we can get back on track, but for many of us the biggest obstacle is organization. Healthy habits are made through good organization. Although many of us want to eat better, if we don’t plan and prepare, often it does not happen.
Each week I make a plan. The plan is based on my schedule and what I have going on during the week. I know if I get home late, I’m not going to want to start dinner at 6:30 when I’m starving, especially if I don’t know what we are having for dinner. Planning and preparing is key. Here are my three favourite tips for overcoming organization.
Rely on recipe cards
When I was little my mom had a box of recipes that she had collected from friends and family members over the years. It was the 80s, recipe cards were cool. Thankfully for the invention of Google and social media we don’t need to write our recipes out on cards but we do need to keep a living list.
How often are you scanning your social channels and find a recipe and think, I could make that! Pick a platform, Excel, Word or even notes in your iPhone and save the recipe. It’s a simple trick but so often we get stuck in the same rut, eating the same food. You will quickly develop a long list and then make a goal of trying a new recipe each week.
Make a plan and stick to it
On Sunday I sit down and look at my schedule for the week. I figure out what nights we are going to be home late or not at all. Based on what we have planned I plan my meals. Mondays are hard, I don’t like to cook on Monday so I make enough on Sunday that we have leftovers for dinner Monday night. If I know we are going to be home late, I plan a dinner that can be ready to go in 15 minutes when we walk in the door starving. Meal plan based on your plan for the week. Once you have your plan in place make your grocery list and shop accordingly. This will save you time and money in food waste.
Eat prepared foods
Often prepared foods means packaged and processed but this does not have to be the case. When you get home from the grocery store wash your fruit and veggies so they are ready for you to grab and go. Make trail mix in little mason jars so you have a quick snack you can stash in your bag as you are running out the door. Organize your fridge so your healthy foods are front and center. Make breakfast and lunches the night before. Food preparing and planning will help to ensure you are not grabbing something to go at the drive-thru or filling up on gas station garbage “food” you grabbed when you filled up the car.
How do you plan and prepare? What do you do to ensure your family is set-up for a successful week? I would love to hear your tips and tricks below.
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