Eating healthy? What in the world does that have to do with entrepreneurship? Initially, it makes sense as to why you would question whether this topic is worth discussing. However, I will challenge you by saying we don’t talk about health enough, especially in the world of business.
We talk about how to stay productive. We also touch on motivation, inspiration, efficiency, etc. However, you cannot do those things if your basic needs are not being met. This…includes the food we eat.
Eating healthy is a pivotal part of self-care, and its something that you deserve, especially as an entrepreneur. You probably already know this, but let’s go over the benefits one more time. Healthy eating can lead to a better mood, and improved memory, both of which are essential elements to the running of your business.
Now, I know what you are thinking. How in the world are you going to have the time to prepare to eat healthily? From shopping to cooking, and everything in between it may seem impossible, but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are my tricks to eating healthy as an entrepreneur without taking up too much of your precious time for work and relaxation.
Crockpots are Your Friend!
I cannot tell you how many times I have put together a meal, thrown all the ingredients in a crockpot, and kept it moving. You don’t have to stand over a stove for an hour or two to have a healthy meal, and crockpots are an excellent tool to ensure you are cooking while you work. If you have some broth, veggies, and some pre-made chicken…throwing that in the crockpot for four hours gets you a readymade soup by dinner time. So, don’t overcomplicate things. Find a crockpot, and cook while you are doing something else.
Plan for What You Will Eat During the Week on your Off Days
Hopefully, you have some time off during the week to rest and relax. If so, use this time to plan for what you will eat during the week. This process doesn’t have to be daunting. Take a look at some easy and low-ingredient recipes that either allow you to use a crockpot or can be quickly whipped up in thirty minutes or less. A quick Google search will give you an almost endless list of recipes that fit these categories. Take some time to look through the options and plan out your meals (for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and then make a list of ingredients you need.
Buy Ingredients that You Can Use in Multiple Dishes
It may be tempting to grab that vegetable or herb that you can only effectively use in one dish, but in the end, you will be wasting time and money. While you want to diversify your meals, so you have a chance to be exposed to a variety of healthy dishes, be sure to have some standard ingredients that you can use in almost any dish. For example, ground turkey allows you to create turkey burgers, turkey tacos, and meat for a stew. The same can be said for certain vegetables if you do not eat meat. Also, be sure to always have common ingredients like onion, eggs, garlic, broth, and peppers on hand (depending on your preferences). You don’t always want to have to run to the store to get things, so plan to have common ingredients on you.
Cook Meals to Last for Multiple Days
The last thing you want is to have to cook every afternoon and evening.
So, plan accordingly. Plan to cook a large meal during the weekend to last until about Tuesday or Wednesday, and then finish out the week with another larger dish on Wednesday or Thursday. You may also want to do the same for lunch and breakfast. Personally, I try to have something quick on hand for breakfast, so I don’t have to cook (ex. healthy cereal, smoothie, bran muffin, etc.). It may be a bit of work on the front end, but you will thank yourself later on in the week.
Take Advantage of Grocery Delivery
These days and times, technology has come a long way, and sometimes, convenience is worth an extra few dollars. Most major grocers: Kroger, Publix, Walmart, and others have grocery delivery services. So, while you are planning out your meals, take your ingredients and order them online. For a fee, many of these grocery chains will deliver directly to your home through companies like DoorDash or Instacart. Again, it is a bit pricier, but you save in time and gas money. It’s something my family and I have done for the past year, and I can’t tell you how much time it has freed up.
It Isn’t Always Easy…But You Can Do This
Juggling health and work isn’t always easy. However, there are a few steps you can take to make it more manageable. Even if you can only do one thing on this list, it will help you save some time while eating healthier. Be patient with yourself and do what you can when you can.