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A while back I told ya’ll about my husband, Casey, and his unique job. A lot of people are surprised and very interested in the fact that Casey plays professional baseball. It’s definitely not your typical job, but just like a typical job there are pros and cons to the baseball lifestyle.
Each day is different and exciting and we are constantly going a million miles a minute. Add my freelance writing and TV hosting, and caring for our two dogs — one of which is blind — and it’s easy to see there is never a dull moment in the Gillaspie household.
I have to admit when things get busy, the first thing I tend to sacrifice is taking the time to make healthy meals. If it comes down to me writing a post or me cutting up veggies to eat for a snack, I am going to choose writing the post every single time. The meal prep and emphasis on wholesome nutritious food will fall by the wayside every time.
The truth is no matter how busy you are prioritizing your health is important. A few simple tips and tricks can make a huge difference.
How to Stay Healthy When You’re Crazy Busy
This is the first one on the list for a reason. It’s important! A good night’s sleep is such a big part of being physically and mentally healthy. No matter how busy you are making good quality sleep a priority will do wonders for your heart, health, mood, and your ability to learn and process new things.
Don’t skip meals (especially breakfast!)
I have to admit, there was a time I hated breakfast. Over the course of my 4 years in college, I started loving breakfast (and being obsessed with coffee). Breakfast is a very personal meal in my opinion. Some like it big, some like it small, some like it carb heavy or protein heavy. It’s all a matter of what gets you started on the right foot in the morning. Experiment and find a breakfast that works for you!
I’m not the best at this one, but again, it is so important. Some people can just guzzle water like it’s their job (my husband is like this). I have never been this way and drinking water throughout the day has always been a chore for me. I try to keep a bottle of water in my purse at all times, and when I’m working I set one right next to me on my desk. There are a lot of times I’m not necessarily thirsty, but I subconsciously reach for it and take a drink so just having water close by has been a game changer for me.
Plan & prep your meals ahead of time
Half of the battle with me and eating healthy is deciding what to make. Casey and I started making it a priority to loosely plan out our meals for the week. I’ll make it a point to have the ingredients for 1 to 2 meals that I know I can whip up if he decides he wants a home cooked meal instead of eating what they’re served at the field that day. This saves us from reaching for the frozen pizza when we’re in a bind!
One word: crockpot
Oh the glorious crockpot! This bad boy is a lifesaver for anyone who’s busy all the time. I have a board on my Pinterest page that is just for crockpot recipes. If I know we’re going to be particularly busy one day or week (or, you know, an entire summer) I head straight for the crockpot. It’s an added extra bonus that it will make your entire house smell amazing!
Have healthy easy to grab snacks on hand
I go from “nah, I’m not that hungry” to “oh my god, I’m going to die if I don’t eat something now!” in a matter of 30 seconds. It’s not my best quality, but it’s just the way I am. Somedays I have it all together and can prep and prepare good healthy meals and snacks to bring to the game, but lets be real: most days I’m 45 mins late for the game and all I can do is grab something quick as I head out the door. Which why Lorissa’s Kitchen has become a staple for me this baseball season.
Lorissa’s Kitchen premium steak strips are the juicy, tender and more flavorful cousin of beef jerky. These babies are simple healthy food done right. Lorissa’s Kitchen has all the taste I want without adding those icky extra preservatives and MSG (’cause ain’t nobody got time for that). This means I don’t have to sacrifice health in favor of convenience. No more reaching for potato chips because it’s easy!
If amazing flavor and 10 grams of protein per serving aren’t enough for you, then get a load of this: Lorissa’s Kitchen only works with farmers who are committed to animal well-being. That means all of their beef is 100% grass-fed, and their chicken is antibiotic free and raised without added growth hormones. This is huge huge huge for me, because we all know how much I value ethical treatment of all animals.
I always thought our crazy baseball life made me “too busy” to prioritize being healthy and eating right. I was convinced that when it came to food, being healthy and being convienent were mutually exclusive things. Lorissa’s Kitchen gives me all of the flavor and goodness without the added prep for those days when life is moving at a high speed.
I have been loving Lorissa’s signature Korean Barbecue recipe. I whipped a bag of this flavor out at the game the other night and the other wives and girlfriends sitting with me could smell the deliciousness instantly. There were asking me for a taste, and were obsessed immediately!
Head to your local Kroger and find these delicious little treats next to the jerky in the chips and crackers aisle. It’s going to become your new favorite healthy and satisfying on-the-go snack.
Now it’s your turn! Tell me….