Make Time for Better Health on Busy Days

Fitting in time to exercise and eat sensible meals can be impractical, if not impossible, when the demands of daily life get in the way. If busy days limit your ability to live as healthy of a lifestyle as you desire, take charge by squeezing in fitness and smart snacking when and where you can.

Sneak in some exercise. Even on days you can’t make it to the gym, you can find ways to get your body moving. Forego the closest parking spaces and get in a little cardio with a walk into the office or while running errands. Skip the elevator and use the stairs. Swap out your traditional desk chair for a standing desk or a balance ball that lets you get in a little core exercise. Make a point to write down your fitness resolutions and stick to them.

Chооѕе ѕmаrt ѕnасkѕ оn thе gо. There аrе рlеntу оf ѕnасk fооdѕ аvаilаblе thаt prove you dоn’t have tо сhооѕе bеtwееn great tаѕtе аnd grеаt fоr уоu – еvеn whеn a buѕу ѕсhеdulе thrеаtеnѕ tо gеt in thе way. For еxаmрlе, whеn уоu nееd a quick, hеаlthу ѕnасk, mаkе a сlеаn сhоiсе likе Strуvе Beef Biltоng, a mеаt ѕnасk with a few simple ingredients thаt iѕ high in рrоtеin. Air-driеd tо rеtаin аѕ much оf the protein аnd flаvоr аѕ possible with nо ѕugаr оr рrеѕеrvаtivеѕ, biltong is just beef аnd ѕрiсеѕ. It аlѕо соntаinѕ nо MSG, nitrаtеѕ, glutеn оr оthеr artificial ingrеdiеntѕ. Biltоng аlѕо wоrkѕ in popular high-рrоtеin, lоw-саrb еаting рlаnѕ like keto and раlео.

Drink more water. Staying hydrated is essential for good health, and since you can carry water with you nearly any place you go, it takes virtually no extra time at all. Proper hydration helps keep skin supple and your body systems functioning properly. Water also helps you feel full; in fact, people often mistake the body’s natural craving for more water as hunger. Keep a bottle of water at your desk and refill it often. If you have trouble guzzling at least 64 ounces a day, set reminders on your phone or computer to keep you on track.

Make meal prepping more fun. If planning an entire week of meals seems like a chore, make it more entertaining by sharing the duty with a friend or incorporating the whole family. Having meals and snacks ready to go for the week ahead makes it less tempting to grab quicker, less healthy options when a busy day sneaks up on you.

Carve out mental health time. It may seem counter-intuitive but forcing yourself to grab a few minutes of down time can actually make you more productive. Turn off or mute your devices and take a break. You might use the time to collect your scattered thoughts into an efficient to-do list or simply meditate to give your brain a break before you head to bed so you can wake up refreshed for another day.

Beef Done Better

What is biltong?

Biltong is a centuries-old process of drying and preserving meat that originated in South Africa. It’s thinly sliced, seasoned beef that has been air-dried at room temperature, typically for 14 days. A good-for-you snack alternative to traditional jerky, Stryve beef biltong is 100% all natural. It has no artificial ingredients, colors or preservatives and is free from nitrates, gluten and MSG.

How is biltong made?

Step 1: Season. Lean slabs of top round beef are washed with vinegar and dry rubbed with a medley of simple seasonings.

Step 2: Dry. Seasoned beef is hung to air-dry for up to two weeks in a humidity-controlled room.

Step 3: Slice. Slabs are sliced against the grain into ultra-thin, extra-tender pieces.

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