"Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;...
and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."
~James H. West

Lisa's Blog

I don't have time to eat!

Lisa Cutforth - Saturday, April 10, 2010

Your question answered:

I often find it difficult to find the time to eat enough, can you help me?

It can be time consuming to sit down and eat 3 meals and fit in 2 snacks on top of that, especially if you are also preparing these meals from scratch.  It can be very tempting to give in to what I call the "C word"!  Convenience!

So if you are busy, and you battle to fit eating into your day, the first step is to make your health a priority, the second step is to find quick and HEALTHY solutions.  The good news is I have lots of them.

Planning is going to be your number one allie!  Don't worry, planning doesn't have to be time consuming, when I say planning I mean: foresight and anticipation.  What are you doing today, where are you likely to be around meal times, what can you have handy so that you can nourish yourself.

Here are some great little "on the go" and "quick to munch snacks"

  • Handful of trailmix
  • Muesli bar
  • Piece of fruit: Mandarin, banana, bunch of grapes, apple
  • Boiled egg and cherry tomatoes
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes and some pepitas
  • Raw unsalted nuts
  • Nutbutter on ryevita
  • Handful of olives
  • Veggie sticks and humus
  • Tuna pita pocket
  • Humus and salad wholemeal wrap

If you get home late in the evenings and you are feeling like you don't have time to start to cook a meal from scratch and the take away or pizza delivery down the road is starting to sound very appealing despite your best intentions to eat healthily, then here are some QUICK, no fuss dinner options.

Tuna Salad:  1 tin of tuna, 1 bag of rocket, 1 tin of green beans drained, 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, chopped spring onion, sprinkle of seeds, big squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil (add boiled egg and boiled baby potatoes for some body)

Grilled salmon and steamed vegetables:  Grate a clove of garlic, a knuckle of ginger and rub into a couple of salmon fillets, squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the top or a drizzle of soya sauce.  Grease a baking tray with some coconut oil.  Put the salmon under the grill or into a hot oven.  While the salmon is cooking, steam some broccolli, beans, carrots and cauliflower.

Pesto Pasta: 1 bag rice noodles, (take 3 mins to cook when added to boiling water, once cooked drain). Stir through half a jar of good quality pesto, add a tablespoon of capers and 2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves or rocket.  (Add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese or some smoked salmon cut into ribbons or cooked chicken breast).

Omelette:  Eggs, fresh parsley, red onion, sundried tomatoes, mushroom, garlic.  Whisk the eggs, chop up the ingredients and throw them all into the pan and cook until ready.  Serve with some baby spinach or fresh rocket.

There are LOADS of quick, healthy and convenient options.  Please send me an email if you need some more help tailoring solutions to your lifestyle.

Recent Posts


strength comfort eating sensitivity to milk seasonal quick and tasty recipes Nutritional Therapist how to love exercise happiness course nutritionist getting fit dangers of multitasking while you eat Lactose intolerance quick eating solutions energy overindulge benefits of strength training, why you should strength train healthy shopping dancing go for 2 and 5 sustainable living, rural development, organic gardening, rampumps, biogas what is movember the tummy beast natural toothpaste soft drink and behavior problems cooking with allergies sexy salad relationship with food how to get more of exercise salad healthy shopping list diet diary of a nutritionist anxiety wrong type of exercise, exercise and results homocysteine nutrition Laughter and stress comfort pig love, loneliness are grains healthy quick recipes healthy fast food, healthy take away ways to improve prostate health mood blood pressure have more energy how to avoid doing the right thing and getting the wrong results feels good life lessons life childrens lunch boxes assertiveness make stress work for you health for busy people sexy salads heart disease ability to respond reasons to eat foods in season breast cancer prevention obesity performance diet diary benefits to keeping a diet diary muscle wasting support your body drugfree alternatives addicted to chocolate stress, keys to managing stress, benefits of stress alzheimers to know and not do is not yet to know reducing coffee taking a break indigestion maintain a healthy weight, underweight herbal toothpaste heart foundation tick explained libido dance gift skipping meals what is healthy food fussy eaters prostate cancer taking responsibility muffins foods in season, seasonal recipes is sugar bad immune system improve your memory keep focused nutritious cooking mobile phones and brain cancer, Dr Teo motivation food allergies fruit 7 Tips to Lower Your Cholesterol and Protect Your Heart weight loss healthy cooking party Dr Randy Pausch on Oprah healthy cooking demonstration how to be happy life choices delicious Alan Pease Add new tag which is better for you butter or margarine fruit and vegetable shortage recipe how to say no new year's resolutions breakfast health one step at a time Egg allergy fresh start are frozen veggies any good low calorie meal plan control I don't get hungry fresh simple 7 day detox plan skip meals Happiness nutritionist in brisbane cholesterol lowering diet real food immune boosting tips high cholesterol 10 % principle have fun in the kitchen corporate wellness lunch allergies nutritionists diet diary leaky gut, gut health, symptoms of leaky gut Lisa's Diary low cholesterol making time to relax how to check your breasts fatigue fun breast cancer awareness video hot guys success and you brain health soccer, role of team sports in longevity, role of exercise and community in longevity health with 10 % effort detox recipies focus nutritious low calorie diet weight calorie controlled diet happiness workshop natural alternatives to drugs ask my doctor empty your mind the power to choose trans fats comfort foods four questions you must ask your doctor before taking medication breast cancer awareness quizz healthy cooking parties Cancer increasing energy healthy wine, healthy beer, healthy alcohol options great second hand books time management and healthy living hunger and stress how to avoid injury during exercise benefits of sleeping sugar and adhd music Nina Simone memory cooking class in brisbane image recipes for allergies 7 steps to detox I've Got Life food intolerances best exercise soft drink and behaviour problems should I eat organic veggies Sensational organic vegetables pop-eye and spinach celebrate life relax health pioneers love food cheap fruit and vegetables, what's in season in autumn in australia gluten intolerance fun is chocolate bad for me food sensitivities weightloss health do i have to drink milk; where do i get calcium from; non dairy calcium sources sugar and add christmas what is a good breakfast avoiding a choice