Have you noticed that when your schedule gets packed, your healthy eating habits get thrown out the window?  You’re not alone.  Maintaining an eating routine that fits into a vision of wellness is something that requires some conscious effort and can be easily abandoned when the calendar gets hectic.

With the abundance of unhealthy “convenience food” and restaurant options, getting off-track with eating habits can happen in the blink of an eye.  Two fast food lunches and a coffee shop breakfast later, the realization hits that you can’t remember the last time you had a salad or homemade dinner. It’s been takeout or whatever is easy to “grab and go” for the past stretch of weeks.

This kind of eating may seem to save time in the short run, but the long-term affects aren’t pretty. Fatigue, weight-gain and lack of mental clarity are likely to catch up with you eventually when healthy eating gets thrown to the wayside.  As an entrepreneur, this can mean less creativity, motivation and productivity down the road, impeding forward motion and success.

The lesson here? The way you eat is essential for the health of both your body and your business. Period.

Luckily, a little bit of thoughtful planning can go a long way to making sure that healthy food is available, even when you’re super busy.

These tips will help to make sure you have the fuel you need to power both yourself and your business.

1.      Schedule time for both grocery shopping and food prep.

If it isn’t scheduled it doesn’t exist. So make a standing appointment and don’t put it off.  If you absolutely can’t make it to the grocery store, consider a grocery delivery service like Amazon Fresh. You’ll pay extra for the convenience, but they have an impressive selection and deliver groceries right to your doorstep.  Wash and chop veggies ahead of time and have them ready to grab or throw into a pot.

2.      Make a meal plan.

A white board on the fridge is an awesome tool for this. Write out the days of the week, and write next to it what you’ll have for lunch and/or dinner each day. This way you won’t have to waste time wondering, and you’ll also know what to buy when you grocery shop. You’ll save time and money.

3.      Cook once, eat twice (or preferably more).

Don’t try to make a dozen completely unique meals throughout the week. Make a big pot of quinoa or brown rice at the beginning of the week to use for different meals. Cut up veggie sticks to eat with hummus or throw into a stir-fry. Make a huge salad and keep it dry in an airtight container so you can portion it out throughout the week and add dressing right before you eat it.

4.      Carry healthy snacks and water with you always.

Keep sandwich bags with nuts and seeds or carrot sticks in your purse and a stainless-steel, reusable water bottle with you at all times.  Munching on healthy snacks and staying hydrated will help prevent a ravenous feeling that can lead to impulsive, junk-food bingeing.