How To Eat Well When Life Gets Busy

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Life always seems to get busy when you least expect it.

It’s something I’ve learned, and I also am a huge believer that there is no glory in being so busy that the most important parts of your life suffer. It’s just not worth the cost, no matter how great the “busy” is. A booming work life is great and all, but not if you can’t get enough sleep or eat well.

That lesson has taken me awhile to realize. I used to think that busy = successful, and it does to a certain extent, but what really equates to success (at least in my eyes) is being able to manage the busy and find solutions that work for you and your family.

When life gets super busy, I sit down, take a breather, sort out my priorities, and identify where I can get extra help. I thrive on order, so having a clean house is a must, and having someone help clean is the easiest way that I don’t have to compromise on taking care of my home.

When it comes to exercise, I don’t like to skimp on that either, so I work extra movement into my daily life. Going up and down the stairs an extra time or two takes little extra from other things I have going on and is a good way to make sure that I keep exercise a priority.

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I’m also pretty keen on wanting to keep myself and my family fed, okay that’s an understatement, but eating well is important to us and another area I’m not willing to compromise on. Thankfully there are ways that we can have tasty, healthier meals that the whole family will love even when we are busy. Partner, Tastefully Plated is one of my favorite ways to enjoy a meal that is quick and easy for busy nights. Tastefully Plated are professional, chef-plated meals that are healthier than other ready-made meals with less than 500 calories.

vegetarian coconut rice

They have a bunch of great options like, Chicken Marsala, Lemon Oregano Chicken, and Campanella Pasta. But being vegetarian we were excited to try the Coconut Spiced Rice. It was delicious.  I love that you can see the quality of the food in the package and that you can heat it up right on the plate that it’s packaged in. This makes life so much easier.

coconut rice

Tastefully Plated meals are located in select 7-11 stores. Click here to see where they are sold by you.

What is your best busy life tip?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • That looks really good. Eating well when life gets busy is really hard at times but we make it work.

  • I didn’t know you can buy anything like this in 7 11 stores. I need to pop in to one and check out what I’ve been missing. That does look really tasty.

  • When you work full time and trying to be a good housewife. Making a home cook food is really a challenge in addition to food shopping. I really like the lifestyle of eating healthy food. My husband and I likes coconut so definitely we will love this coconut spiced rice.

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