this week it has felt unreal that yet another school year has started that I won’t be attending as a student. I still miss my days of darting across campus and being surrounded by the buzz of my fellow peers despite how slammed I was between classes, homework, and my job(s). however, I found it was that hectic phase of my life that taught me important lessons about how to implement + maintain healthy habits even when I’m running from one thing to the next and don’t always have the time or energy to make a meal on the spot. so today, I’m telling you my favorite ways of keeping a healthy diet + habits! while the title says for “busy schedules,” these are obviously practices anyone can use. these worked for me as both an active, over-scheduled student and as a sedentary, 9-5 young professional.
before I get started, I just want to say it feels so good to be writing again! creativity has felt like it’s been lacking lately which has been a frustration for me. I absolutely love blogging, but I’ve never been good at writing simply for the sake of writing – I’ve always wanted my posts to be something I’m excited about so the words naturally flow. but here I am! out of hiding! writing once more! lol
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I already have a more detailed post about my personally perceived pros + cons of meal prepping, but ultimately, this method is what keeps me in line with making sure I’m consuming healthier, more complete meals, as well as staying in line with portion control.
it also keeps me accountable – it keeps me from spending money on easy, fast foods when I know I have food already prepped at home. I can just grab it from the fridge even when I’m rushed in the mornings before work (or when I was crunched for time as a student and only had two hours max at home between classes and work). peep the burrito bowls I made for myself this week:
I really can’t say enough good things about meal prepping. it might feel like a pain when you’re in the kitchen all day Sunday cooking + cleaning, but I promise you – it’s worth it when it’s one less thing you have to worry about during the crazy week and when you get to eat healthier (and feel better for it!)
here are some of my favorite meal prep recipes! the soups might not be ideal if you’re a student that’s going to be carrying food in a backpack half the day, but they’re great for throwing in a crockpot to have ready when you get home after a long day.
- whole30 chipotle beef & avocado bowls
- chicken burrito bowls
- skinny buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes
- marinated + grilled chicken (add rice, veggies, or salad as a side!)
- jalapeno popper chicken salad (paleo, dairy-free)
- cilantro lime chicken with avocado salsa
- grilled chicken breasts with jalapeno peach salsa (paleo, whole30, gluten-free)
- clean eating turkey chili
- paleo jalapeno popper chicken chili
- slow cooker chicken + corn chowder
- cheeseburger soup
- ranch chicken tacos
- caesar chicken (turn it into a wrap!)
I never was very big on supplementation… that was, until I discovered the right kind of supplements that fit my lifestyle. I’m not talking about popping 10 pills first thing in the morning and having to overwhelm myself by trying to actively keep track of a million different vitamins + minerals.
if you have me on social media you’re no stranger to how in love I am with Arbonne’s nutrition line. I did it myself back in February and to be concise, it changed the way I saw health (even though I have a whole freakin’ DEGREE in health + exercise science). I find that with busy schedules it’s important to make sure you’re supplementing – in the rush of life where we might be skipping meals or simply not nourishing ourselves the way that we should, so adding products that help boost your diet is not a bad idea, and I found that Arbonne’s products are easy to fit in the busiest of schedules because of how simple and travel-friendly they are.
the thing to remember with supplementation of any kind is that it’s meant to assist your diet, not replace it!
a statistic to keep in mind when it comes to your health is that 80% is composed of what you eat; even weight loss is 80% from diet and only 20% from exercise. don’t get me wrong – exercise is obviously important! but you are ultimately a product of what you eat. hectic schedules have tendencies to wreak havoc on our diets and motivation, making it easy to cave to easy, unhealthy options.
I hope this helped some of you find a solution to any diet struggles you feel like you’re having – I know the frustrations first hand of struggling to take care of myself but feeling like I don’t have the time. for me, it ultimately comes down to being prepared for the week and investing in the supplements that will help fill in the gaps where my diet may be lacking.