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.


  • Those look like great meal options. I definitely need these. My life tends to be very hectic, and that can really throw off my eating routine.

    • It’s those hectic days when the unexpected happen that throw me off course. I nee d to remember these meals so Id don’t go off the rails.

  • I need to start incorporating Tastefully Plated into my life. As a mom of three and a full time blogger, it is SO hard for me to eat healthily when I’m pressed for time – which is ALL the time.

  • This is the perfect option for any busy family. There have been so many times when I wasn’t able to get food on the table for myself or my family because we were so pressed for time.

  • Wow that looks really good! We are trying to eat a little more healthy here. We are busy more often than what I want to admit! I have no tips for a busy day, just try to get through them myself! LOL

  • This looks like a great healthy dinner option. I will have to see what my local store has.

  • Wow… I can almost smell it through the screen lol. Looks delicious and I am going to add that to our shopping list.

  • I am always looking for great, healthy meals. These sound great to me.

  • Oh my goodness, I am super-picky and try to stay away from pre-prepared food, but this looks delicious. It sounds perfect for those days when I am super-busy and just need something easy. Thanks for sharing.

  • These look really tasty. Things definitely get pretty busy around here and I’ve noticed a lot more lately that I’m just too busy or exhausted to cook a good meal for my family. I’ll have to try a few of these. Sometimes we need something simple, but that doesn’t mean it has to be take out or something unhealthy.

  • Oooh, those look good. I have never heard of that brand before. Even when things are crazy; I always find it in me to get a good meal on the table for my fam.

  • I love that these are simple to make and they’re healthy at the same time. I’m always looking for something healthy and different. I did not know you could get something like this at a 7-11 store.

  • This looks absolutely delicious!! Can’t wait to try it. We always have at least one night in the week that is too busy to cook from scratch.

  • I’ve never seen that brand before. We are always looking for healthy quick meals in my household. We usually end up at a 7-11 at least once a week, so I will definitely look for these next time I’m there.

  • I can’t believe its so simple to get a great meal! I am on the road a bunch, so this is going to be such a huge help.

  • That looks delicious. I’m horrible at getting so busy I don’t take care of myself. We’ve got spring break this coming week, and my goal is to get organized so I’m not so busy.

  • Couldn’t agree more. Eating well doesn’t have to be difficult to do or time consuming, but we need to make it a priority since eating well is so important to our general health.

  • I forget sometimes to eat and take my meal because of being busy plus the food sometimes makes my appetite lost. Maybe i need this kind of foods, it makes me want to eat more

  • wowsers. that dish looks amazing. also thaniks for sharing this tips..sometimes i get busy and can find myself eating tons of junk.

  • These look delicious. What a great idea to eat healthy when you are busy and on the go. We could all use a little more tips in that department!

  • I am super geeked to know I can get these at 7-11. I can probably make them right there in their microwave for a better meal on the go. If not, I can take them to my motel room and have something much better there.

  • It is so hard to eat right when we’re all super busy. These meals look so good! I try to keep healthy foods in the house so that my kids and I have better choices when on the go!

  • 7-11 carries these? That’s impressive! Unfortunately we don’t have any 7-11’s in our area but we have tons of Quik Trips. I’d love to see them on the shelves there!

  • I never thought that 7/11 had healthy meal options. I’ll have to check them out next time I stop in. Everything here looks really delicious!

  • I do little things throughout the day to make exercise a priority too. This food looks good.

  • Yum, these look so tasty! I am guilty of going to bad foods when life gets busy and I need to get better at making good choices.

  • oh yummy…..i am especially stoked about the Campanella Pasta, now that i have gone fully vegan. Will need to give this a spin next time we are at the 7-11!

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