How to Make Healthy Choices Even When Life Gets Busy

There seems to be some standard rules to staying healthy: balance a good diet and get daily exercise, get 8 hours of sleep, and drink 8 cups of water a day. This is all dandy and well, but is it really possible? With school, work, a social life, etc., is there really time for all of those things? I currently am working two part-time jobs, am a full-time student, and writing this blog. Trying to stay healthy through all of that is exhausting. So here are some healthy choices I try to make every day.

Eating at Home

When life gets really busy, it can be so tempting to just drive through Mcdonalds quick on the way home. I have made it a rule for myself that I can’t. At first, this was super hard. Eventually, though, it became my lifestyle. Now, it’s weird for me to eat out for lunch or dinner during the week. I really only eat fast food on the weekends. To make this possible, I grocery shop consistently so that I always have easy options for eating at home. Getting fast food during the week makes me feel bloated and gross, and then even more stressed out. Instead of lunch at Mcdonalds, grab a yogurt and granola bar from home. Instead of getting Chipotle for dinner, make chicken/veggie stirfry quick on the stove. It’s still quick, but it has way less calories/fat/chemicals, etc. It’ll leave you feeling much more energetic. Plus, eating at home is such a good money saver.

Having a Pill Routine

Taking vitamins and supplements on a regular basis are a great way to stay healthy, no matter how busy you are! The gummy vitamins in my pill routine have become one of the best parts of my day. I seriously get bummed when I don’t get to take my gummies. It’s like candy EVERY DAYYYY. But really- find at least a multivitamin to take every day. It doesn’t add any time to your day, and it’s so good for ya.

Cups of Water

This is something I’ve really been working on lately. I realized that some days, I didn’t drink ANY water at all. How terrible is that for my body?!?! To motivate myself, I looked up the benefits of water. I found out that water improves your skin, flushes out toxins, helps with weight loss, increases energy, and soooo much more. I decided to start planning when I drink cups of water, so if I forget to drink it throughout the rest of the day, I at least have specific times I know I’ll drink it. This is fairly new for me, but it seems to be working so far. I’ve been having one cup of water: while I get ready for the day, at lunch time, when I get home for work, and before bed. Now, I know this is only 4/8 recommended cups, but it’s better than the 0/8 I was drinking before. Hopefully, I’ll slowly be able to increase this as I get used to drinking water all day long.

Go for Different Snacks

I’m going to make this part really easy for you. Don’t walk up to a vending machine ever again. (this is dramatic, but try to go with it.) After eating healthy snacks for a while, your body will crave those instead of potato chips and candy. Here are a few healthy snacks to go for: red peppers and hummus, an apple with peanut butter, trail mix (my fav is raw almonds, craisins, and dark chocolate covered expresso beans) , popcorn, a protein bar, low-sugar cereal, avocado on whole-grain toast, roasted edamame 

**disclaimer – don’t forget to treat yourself to candy/ chips every once in a while

It’s really easy to decide that you’re too busy to be healthy. Well, I’m going to tell you straight up: That’s not a thing. So stop using how busy you are as an excuse to treat your poor body like crap. Make your health a priority. Make your body, inside and out, one of the most important parts of your day. I bet you’ll find, as I did, that feeling healthy makes a stressful life seem a little bit less stressful.

One Last Thing

When you get up in the morning, while the shower heats up, sprawl out on the floor and do some yoga stretches. Feel your body wake up. Listen to what it’s telling you. Get in tune with your body first thing in the morning. It’ll be easier to keep it in mind for the rest of the day. 🙂

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3 Comments

  1. Taylor

    November 6, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    This is great, come midterm and finals season I will be referring to this every day.

    1. Erika

      November 6, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Oh for finals- absolutely!!!!

  2. Julia Butler

    November 6, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I enjoyed reading this! It’s so easy to put exercising and healthy eating at the back of your mind, especially when you’re busy, but it should be one of the most important things! I especially liked your point about drinking water. Definitely something I need to improve on!

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