Emotional eating… It is something we have all struggled with at some point in our lives hasn’t it. Heck – for the most part I make a conscious effort to maintain a well-balanced diet, but it isn’t always easy. Especially when the stress kicks in!
Stress usually entices me to nosh on a back of chips, eat that chocolate bar or pour myself that glass of wine. Which realistically all are ok in moderation. But those times for moderate enjoyment I rather not be used for relieving stress, but just for no good reason other than I deserve to treat myself.
The rest of the time I set myself up for success my…
8 Ways to Eat Smart
Prepare a Weekly Plan. Sitting down at end of each week and planning your meals for the next week is crucial and vital to ensuring that you stay accountable. There is nothing worse than arriving at the grocery store without a list. You always end up leaving with everything you don’t need in those circumstances. When I plan my meals for the week, I like to follow the 80/20 rule. Allowing myself some freedom to indulge, but aiming for the most part to maintain healthy habits.
Some of the items that end up on my grocery list weekly are always a given. While others need some thought put into them. For the most part though you will always find Eat Smart Gourmet Salad Kits on my list.
I tend to usually reach for the Eat Smart Salads at the stores because I am aware of their commitment to using clean ingredients.
When shopping their products I always make a conscious decision to look for their “No Artificial: Preservatives, Colours, and Flavours Label”. While 90% of their products already sport the clean label. The goal of Eat Smart is to have all of their products featuring that lovely green label by 2018.
It is Eat Smart’s no nonsense approach to providing nutritional information, laying out the ingredients and easy to understand labels that has me returning to buy their products time and time again. I like to know what I am feeding my family isn’t highly processed, high in fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats or artificial preservatives.
These salad kits pair well with grilled steak, chicken or fish too – which eliminates the stress of meal planning, especially through the Summer months! When in a pinch though – turn to Pinterest or Yummly for great meal inspiration! Meal planning is crucial to maintaining your personal wellness goals! Trust me!
Prep Your Meals. After your weekly grocery shop allot some time to wash and cut your veggies for the week. You are more likely to eat them on the fly if they are all cut up and ready for you to grab on the go. This is also a great time to boil a batch of hardboiled eggs for enjoyment over the week, and perhaps prepare a few days worth of chia seed pudding or overnight oats for enjoyment at breakfast.
Which brings me to my next point…
Never Skip Breakfast. Food is fuel, and you need the energy to fuel your day. Personally, I always love to start my day with a hot water with lemon slices and green juice before enjoying breakfast each day. Breakfast can be something as simple as a sprouted grain toasted with half a smashed avocado, strawberry slices and a drizzle of honey or sprouted grain toast with peanut butter, banana slices, a sprinkle of hemp hearts and a drizzle of honey. Do breakfast as best as you can! Simply aim for something that is not only protein-packed, but also fiber! If you are really at a loss – I have sometimes been known to have Eat Smart salad for breakfast. Hey – it is nutrient dense and better than having nothing at all, right?! Like I said – food is fuel and you need energy to get through the day!
Snack Wisely. Arm yourself with a variety of snacks that are at a hands reach over the day. Snacks like raw almonds, hardboiled eggs, veggie sticks and hummus, plain rice cakes with all natural peanut butter, air-popped popcorn are all great options.
Bring Meals On-The-Go. Got a busy day ahead of you? Don’t skip meals! Bring quick on the go snacks and meals! One of my personal faves being Eat Smart’s Salad Shake Up’s.
The Eat Smart Salad Shake Up’s are available in three great flavours. My personal favourite being the Raspberry Acai! What’s great about the Shake Up’s while on-the-go is that they are compact enough to carry in your business bag, and eliminate the need for you to hit up the drive thru for fast food. The Shake Up’s are deep bowls of fast superfood that can be available at a hands reach.
Each bowl features everything you need to mix up a nutrient-packed salad that contains no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours on the fly, all you need to do is pop on the lockable lid and shake it up.
In addition to the Eat Smart Salad Shake Up’s, you can also arm yourself with these no-bake bars, a snack sized ziploc of raw almonds or veggie sticks.
Hydrate. Aim to drink 2 to 3 liters of water a day. If you don’t enjoy plain ol’ water, that’s ok! There are many great ways to spruce it up. Steep your water with your favourite decaffeinated flavoured herbal tea. Add in some lemon slice, ginger, cucumber and mint leaves. OR – simply carbonate it!
Exercise. In addition to eating well, also try to sneak in 150-200 minutes of activity each week. Whether you head outdoors for a walk, throw an impromptu dance party with your kids or squeeze a sweaty, intense Tabata workout. Be sure to move that amazing body of yours in addition to eating well!
Sleep Well. There is nothing better than a good night’s sleep. To help ensure you get a good sleep try to keep electronics out of your room. Ensure your room is dark, cool and has a calming ambiance. Some people swear by Himalayan rock salt lamps on their bedside table. Personally I can’t sleep with out the soothing sounds of a fan or white noise. Whatever it takes to create that soothing environment for you to get a good night’s sleep do it! Try to aim for at minimum 7 hours.
This post was sponsored by Eat Smart as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.