While many people struggle to balance a 9-to-5 job with even the standard American diet, when you eat raw, it may seem much harder to get by! The most important factor in balancing work (whether you work part-time, full-time, or more than full-time due to holding multiple jobs) is to plan and prepare ahead of time. Throughout the work week, you will need to invest extra time and effort to get your meals ready ahead of time.
You don’t have to invest a lot of time and effort into eating healthily. Here are some tips to help you make enough time that you can prepare your meals every week.
Create a plan ahead of time and modify it.
Having a few fixed meal plans to choose from will make your life much easier when it comes time to prepare meals. For instance, you could subscribe to a weekly raw meal planning service that sends you menus and shopping lists or just prepare a few lists of ingredients and meals on your own, then reuse them to cook the same meals each week. If you do this, make sure you have at least a few different plans so you don’t wind up eating the exact same thing every Monday.
Prepare food at specific times each week or day.
If you leave your raw food preparation to chance, you probably won’t get around to making food when you should. Instead, prepare food at specific times every week or day to make sure you always know when it’s time to cook. You might prepare a month’s worth of desserts at once and freeze them, for instance, or pick a time each morning to get up, prepare your meals for the day, and pack them in a lunch bag. Getting into a routine will help you make time to prepare great food.
Be flexible and pay attention to what’s in season.
If you also want to save money, you should pay attention to what’s in season. You may be able to save a lot of money by shopping the specials each week. If budget is a priority for you, learn how to read the grocery flyers to figure out what’s on sale, what is a good price for certain vegetables, and what you should expect to pay each week.
Focus on your priorities each week.
Some weeks, your priorities might be oriented towards feeding your family comfort foods to get through the holidays, while other weeks, you might prefer to eat as clean as possible. No matter what your priorities are, decide what they are at the beginning of the week. If you plan to do a cleanse, make sure you order Austin Juice ahead of time and warn friends and family that you won’t be going out to restaurants to eat with them. If your priority is to present gorgeous, stylish food to impress the in-laws, you’ll know that you need to allot extra preparation time this week.
Preparing raw meals might be tricky if you don’t plan ahead, but with adequate preparation and planning, it isn’t too hard to balance full-time work and raw food preparation. Lots of people have made raw food diets work with tricky lifestyles. As long as you start with a solid plan, you can eat healthily while working!