3 Simple tricks to stay on top of your nutrition as a working mom
Motherhood keeps every mother busy, but as a business owner, I can especially relate to the extra stress working puts on mothers. I truly understand how hard it can be to make healthy choices as a working mom, but I’m also here to tell you that you can’t let being a working mom stop you from living a healthy life.
If you put off living a healthy life until you have time, then you’re never going to do it! You have to learn how to be healthy while you’re living your life as it is right now!
I’m going to share three simple tricks to make eating healthy fit into your life right now! These tips are simple, but they do require work, so it’s up to you to implement them!
Make a meal plan ahead of time
If you want to make healthy food choices, then you must have a plan in place! If you don’t have a plan in place, when you’re feeling peckish at 10:30 in the morning you’ll justify grabbing a donut from the breakroom. Or when you’re rushing your kids to practice while answering emails and you haven’t started dinner, it will seem easier to just swing by Chick-Fil-A to grab something on the way home.
However, if you have a plan of what you’re going to eat throughout the day, then you will never have to rely on a quick fix!
I like to make a weekly meal plan for my family. I include everything we plan to eat in my meal plan.
Morning snack or a pre-workout snack
After school snack
If you macro track, then put your meals and snacks into My Fitness Pal so that you can make sure you’re staying on top of your macro goals!
Another reason I love having a meal plan in place is that I don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat at all during the day. All of my choices are made ahead of time and I can focus on connecting with my clients and working on my business!
I really believe that meal planning ahead of time helps me be a better mom and business owner because I can focus on my family and my work instead of on what I’m feeding everyone!
Prep your foods early so you’re always ready
Having a plan is a great first step, but if you have to take the time to prepare every meal when it comes up, then you still might fall prey to those donuts or the drive-thru! Cooking takes a lot of time if you leave it all until the last minute. However, if you prep your food ahead of time then all you really have to do is assemble each meal when it’s time.
If you can, prep all of your proteins ahead of time! I like to grill or bake any meats that I’m planning to eat ahead of time so that it’s more of a reheating process during the week. I also like to make sure my meat serves multiple purposes. For example, I will plan at least two meals with the same meat so that I can prepare it in bulk then split it up for two different meals. If I’m making pork, then the first night I’ll serve shredded pork tacos and the second night I’ll prepare shredded pork BBQ sandwiches.
Most carbs are quick to make in the moment, so I usually don’t prep pasta or potatoes ahead of time. These also taste a lot better if they’re made the day of. Rice is one carb I like to prep ahead of time. It’s just as good reheated and I can made a ton of it for the week!
I do like to get my fruits and veggies ready ahead of time. I will cut and portion out fruits and veggies in one sitting so that I can easily grab and go when I need them. If you want to be an extra super mom, then have your kids help with the prep portion! For example. teach them what a serving size of carrots is and they can count out the carrots for you. It’s a simple way to teach them about nutrition while practicing their numbers!
Keep it simple, slayer!
This may be the most important tip for working moms because we tend to be overachievers, but you don’t have to make this process complicated! Especially if you’re starting out and this is new territory for you just keep it simple!
Try planning and prepping just dinners ahead of time at first. Once you have that down, add in lunch or breakfast. You can work your way up to being a full-on planner and prepper! Honestly, if you try to tackle all of this in one leap, it will be overwhelming and you’ll give it up. It’s always better to start slow and build your way up.
The same thing goes for changing the foods you’re eating! Don’t try to make a big sweeping change and try a million recipes at once! Instead, add more veggies to the meals you’re already having or try one new recipe a week.
If you need more help getting your nutrition on track, then let’s talk! You can schedule a free one-on-one discovery call with me and I can help you get on the path towards a healthier life!