Somewhere out there, there's a CEO of some large company who wakes up every morning and works out and eats well. He makes multimillion dollar decisions and has a stress level higher than I will ever have. How does he do it? Two things....priority and preparation.
First, you must make YOU a priority. Nothing on this earth is more valuable than your health. Without it, you're done. It's time to start loving yourself and treating your body with respect. You only have one life and one body, ya know?
Second, you must be prepared. So where does this magical 15 minutes fit in?
I'm asking one thing of you. Always be prepared for your meals of your day. When you wake up, take 15 minutes to plan and think about what you will put into your body that day. It's easy. Think about it while you're eating breakfast. Questions to ask yourself...
-what will i eat for lunch?
-what will i eat for dinner?
-how many hours will pass between those two meals?
-how many snacks must I bring to sustain myself between those meals?
If you're eating out for lunch or dinner, that's fine. Just be prepared mentally for what healthy thing you will order. If 7 hours will pass between lunch and dinner, bring one or two snacks to hold you over. Fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, healthy proteins are all great options for snacks. Throw them in your bag, it's EASY. It will be the difference between a day of healthy eating and a day of bad choices. Go to the grocery store on your day off and make sure you're READY. Don't let yourself get starving.
15 minutes. That's all. Yes, I sometimes work really long days. I ALWAYS take 15 extra minutes in the morning to eat a healthy breakfast and to plan out what I'll need for the day. I pack workout clothes, toiletries, snacks, and lunches. Sometimes I feel like a bag lady with all the stuff I carry around. But I want to be prepared for my workouts, recovery, meals and snacks. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier...you won't miss any sleep that way.
"To be prepared is half the victory." -Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
Yes, you can do this.