With an overwhelming number of important things to do when getting ready to move out, eating healthy during your move will probably be the last thing on your mind. And if that is the case, it’s time for you to move the healthy eating task up your list of priority tasks.
Why? It’s simple: healthy eating is very important as it’ll provide the energy and strength you’ll need throughout your busy move. Also, getting the proper healthy nourishment will help reduce stress and will enable you to maintain a positive attitude towards the entire house moving process.
How to eat healthy when moving to another home? Eating right during your move is definitely possible – you only need to follow these healthy eating tips to stay physically and emotionally healthy when moving.
Create a meal plan
First and foremost, even before you’ve packed your very first box, you’re going to have to plan your meals all the way until move-out day. How you go about creating your meal plan will depend on how much time you’ve got until Moving day. 3 weeks? 2 weeks? Less than a week?
It’s important that you set up a daily menu for what you’ll have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day of your pre-move preparation period. Include healthy snacks on the menu too because you’ll need a lot of energy to keep working on the tasks on your moving checklist.
Creating a meal plan when moving will take a bit of strategic planning but your efforts will be well worth it. Think about it – as your moving schedule becomes busier and busier, you won’t need to worry about what to eat when moving as your daily menu will be already set.
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Focus on the food you already have
It can be quite tempting to order in pizza or Chinese food, or even to eat out frequently as you keep packing up your things or working on some other pre-move tasks. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, the options of ordering in and dining out are usually more expensive than cooking healthy meals at home while moving.
Remember that you’re going to need to empty your pantry, fridge and freezer prior to Moving day anyway, so your best option is to use up your food supplies before the move, thus eliminating any questions about whether or not to transport your food items. In most cases, the food found in your home will be tastier and healthier.
Do yourself a favor and cook the food that you already have in your home to maintain a healthier diet and save a lot of money too. Buy more food only to complete those home-made meals. Consider preparing your dishes in bulk so that you’re covered for a few days without having to interrupt your work to cook.
Some good meals that have proven to be ideal when moving include soups, stews, and pastas.
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Do your best not to skip any meals
The home moving process requires a lot of energy and healthy food is the best kind of fuel to keep you going when things get tough. So, to start on the right track, start each day of the preparation period with a nutritious breakfast. You may get tempted to just start working on your moving tasks right after you get out of bed but a well-rounded breakfast will make sure your energy won’t drop like a stone well before noon.
Try not to skip any major meals throughout the day despite the increased work load you have at the moment. Introduce the whole idea of keeping non-perishable healthy snacks on hand so that you can keep up your energy and motivation to work.
As far as in-between snacks, concentrate on eating high-energy foods (dried fruit, nuts, protein bars, peanut butter, whole-grain crackers, etc.) that will provide your body with all the required nutrients. Also, it’s a good idea to prepare some healthy vegetable-filled sandwiches in the morning for later on when hunger catches up with you.
Thus said, make an effort to stay away from consuming junk snacks during the day.
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Strike a healthy balance when packing for a move
Even when you’re really focused on healthy eating while moving, there will be moments when you’ll probably choose to go with the easier and more convenient choice of ordering in pizza or Chinese, or dining out at a fast food restaurant. And that’s fine as long as you balance it out with healthier food items after that.
It’s all about keeping that fine unhealthy-healthy food balance when getting ready to move out and on moving day itself. For example, make sure you follow up a fast food restaurant item (a burrito) with a piece of fruit (an apple) for dessert.
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Prepare food items that travel well when moving
If you’re moving locally and you don’t plan to spend too much time on the road when moving between the two homes, you should seriously think about stockpiling a number of healthy foods that travel well. That way, you won’t have to worry about food on moving day or the day immediately after it. Be ready to satisfy the hunger with (pasta) salads, vegetables, nuts, dried fruit, and of course – home-made sandwiches.
Here are some examples of foods that travel well:
- Apples, oranges, bananas;
- Carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers;
- Green salads;
- Hard-boiled eggs;
- Cold pasta;
- Pre-cooked meats such as chicken, turkey, and salmon;
- Pre-made sandwiches.
When moving in the summer, don’t forget to keep the healthy foods you’ve taken with you in a cooler.
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Stay well-hydrated with your healthy diet
Make sure you’re drinking enough water, especially during a summer move when the heat can dehydrate your body too quickly. Stay properly hydrated when getting ready to move out – water and tea (particularly green tea with no added sugar) are the best options to supplement your healthy meals during a move.
Avoid drinking sodas and other carbonated drinks that tend to be high in sugar and low in nutrition. Any increased intake of carbohydrates will only make it worse for you as they’ll make you even thirstier and can easily contribute to sugar crashes and energy slumps – the last thing you need when moving home.
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