It seems as if there is never enough time in the day. Remember the movie Cheaper by the Dozen? The dad was a motion study expert and sought ways to increase efficiency and save time. Well, this post is not (entirely) based on scientific evidence, but it offers some common sense (or maybe not so common) suggestions for making the most of your time.
Do you ever plan your day around meals? That is nothing to be ashamed of! If you do that, it shows that you care about what you put into your body; that is a good thing! To be sure that you are making the most of your time AND getting nutritious meals, try to plan all of your meals a week in advance. Make your meal plan, do your grocery shopping, and prep as much of the food as possible. This may mean washing fruits to store in the fridge or preparing lunches to take to work. If you have a slow cooker, take a few minutes in the morning to start dinner so you do not have to worry about it when you get home after a long day of work. Instead, spend that evening time with your loved ones.
When you take the time to plan and prepare your meals, you are more likely to stick to a clean eating lifestyle. This can offer valuable time savings later in life by improving your health. You may have heard that the majority of your immune system lies in your gut (http://www.amymyersmd.com/2016/03/autoimmune-disease-gut/); keeping that in mind, it is only logical that taking care of your gut health can boost your immune system and potentially keep you from taking time away from work or family to deal with acute illness. However, eating clean is often not enough. It is also important supplement wisely; for gut health, this means quality probiotics (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/how-to-fix-your-gut-bacte_b_9318312.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter).
Are you reading this article on your smartphone? While reading this may help you make more efficient use of your time, how many other activities on your smartphone are doing the opposite? If certain apps on your phone prove to be a distraction, consider deleting them.
There are other reasons to put the phone down; surprisingly, at least one of those is actually related to gut health. Put away your mobile devices at least an hour before going to bed so you can improve your sleep. How does this improve gut health? There is a connection between the brain and the gut. Increasing and improving your sleep can decrease stress; decreasing stress can help heal the gut (www.mindbodygreen.com/0-20403/the-surprising-way-to-heal-your-gut-infographic.html)!
Now put down your smartphone and start planning those meals!