People today are busier than ever--and because of this, it is no surprise that skipping meals is becoming a more and more common occurrence. Here are 3 important tips to help you avoid skipping meals.
1. Make Your Meals Ahead of Time
One of the best ways to avoid skipping meals is to make your meals ahead of time. This will prepare you for the week, and will make breakfast, lunch and dinner much easier. To do this, start by writing out a list of what you will have for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, along with any snacks that you may want to include. Next, go to the grocery store and buy all of the ingredients that you will need to make the meals and snacks. Be sure that you have a large supply of ziplock storage bags and airtight containers in which you can store the food during the week. Once you have all of your ingredients, it is time to go home and start cooking.
Make any soups, sauces, or other similar products that can be made ahead of time and kept in storage. While this author understands that it is unreasonable to expect someone to make every meal ahead of time, you can still prepare as much as possible. Try to store of all the ingredients that you will need for a particular recipe next to each other, in order to cut down on time during the cooking process. Creating all of these shortcuts will make mealtime less of a process, and will therefore make you more willing to get something healthy in your stomach.
2. Create a Schedule, and Stick to It
Next, create a schedule, and stick to it. This can be as detailed or as broad as you want it to be--but if you are having a difficult time finding time or even remembering to eat, chances are you will need a schedule that has a specifically designated time set aside for you to eat. Set an alarm clock, ask a friend to call you, or schedule your meals around a significant part of the day. These are all great ways to remind you that it is time for you to get something to eat!
3. Monitor Your Weight
Finally, be sure to keep a detailed journal recording when and what you ate, along with your current weight. Make this a part of your daily schedule. Having a time that you actually look at what you ate over the course of the day will get you more in the habit of eating at regularly scheduled times. In addition, if you notice big drops in your weight, it can be a sign that you are slipping back into old habits, and skipping meals once again.