Hello and welcome! I’m a mum of two young children, and know just how difficult it is to keep all those plates spinning. I was a paediatrician for over a decade, and I’m now a registered nutritionist. This post is all about tips for every day healthy living in a busy modern life!
Food is so important to our health, even more so than exercise, but can often fall down our list of priorities. It can be difficult enough with the demands of work, add in young children, and finding the time to make wholesome food every day can be tricky. I struggle with this too, so I use a number of ways to help me.
- I find time incredibly tight in the mornings, so I make breakfast the night before. Overnight oats or chia pudding takes seconds to prepare, but makes a nutritious start to the day.
- I batch cook when I can, and this means that I always have a meal in the freezer.
- We eat the same family meal together.
- I love a tray bake, which is super easy and versatile. I always layer with vegetables first and then half way through add stock with some carbohydrate such as brown rice, or orzo pasta.
- I use sauces to add quick flavour such as tahini, low sodium soya, miso and umami paste.
- When I’m really swamped, instead of reaching for a takeaway, I go for a vegan pot from EasyBean available on Ocado which is wholesome food, without nasties added.
- I eat when I’m hungry, but don’t restrict myself, and so if I fancy a little bit of chocolate, I will, but I choose healthier dark chocolate not milk. This means I don’t battle cravings and I’m less likely to want ‘off limit foods’.
- If I have something unhealthy, I don’t beat myself up. Healthy is for life, it’s not all or nothing. I also provide a catered food service – nutritionally balanced food prepared by executive chefs.
- I sprinkle nuts or seeds onto most foods to ensure that I manage to eat 30g of nuts a day.
- To bulk out food and provide extra nutrients I love tins of beans, especially black beans.
What tips can you share that help you to maintain a routine for every day healthy living? What do you find hardest?