Healthy eating in a fast-food world

unhealthy-1336508_640The biggest hurdle to healthy eating is usually the most natural thing in the world: hunger. Couple that with our fast-paced lifestyle and you just don’t have time to put together a healthy meal or snack. You need something now. And that often means foods like garage pies, packets of chips and anything deep fried.

But what are the alternatives to eating junk on the go?

1.    Just don’t eat

Intermittent fasting has proven to have some impressive benefits. Though it’s not for everyone (and can be dangerous if not managed carefully), studies have shown that not only can it help you to lose weight, but short-term fasting can also:

  • Reduce insulin resistance
  • Reduce inflammation in the body
  • Induce cell repair
  • Reduce cancer risk
  • Reduce Alzheimer’s risk
  • Increase lifespan

2.    Protein shakes

You don’t have to be a body builder or a Crossfitter to benefit from protein shakes. With their typically high protein and low carbohydrate and fat content, they won’t just help to build muscle, but they can also help you lose weight. Plus, they’re super easy to prepare on the go.

3.    Prep in advance

If you’re not into protein shakes or going hungry, the simplest way to avoid the fast-food trap is to prepare your food in advance. This way, you can leave all the time-consuming meal / snack prep to the weekends and either freeze them in portions or put them in the fridge for use during the week. Here are some tips to get started.

The fast-food industry has made it so easy to slip into a junk-food diet. But, while the odd trip to KFC might not kill you, it’s important to keep these down to a minimum. If you plan ahead, there are many ways to manage your eating habits without falling into this trap.

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