Get Organized with UPMC Health Plan
Becoming better organized is the kind of notion that always sounds better as a concept than a reality.
Getting organized is the kind of thing many people want to do tomorrow, or next week, or as part of a New Year’s resolution. What these procrastinators do not realize is that getting organized — i.e., creating more order in your surroundings — can not only help make your life easier but healthier as well.
By being organized you may find that lifestyle changes are easier to maintain. For example, if you want to achieve your goals of eating smarter and eating healthier, being organized is a vital first step.
One reason people want to be better organized is that it makes it easier to find things, which also makes it easier to use those things. For example, if your sneakers are conveniently located for quick access, you can easily find them when you want to go for a walk or a run. A small obstacle to participating in a healthy activity has been removed.
It can work the same way in terms of healthy eating. If you keep healthy foods on hand and can easily see them when you open your refrigerator, you are more likely to eat them. If you relegate less healthy snack food to harder-to-find spots, you might be less likely to eat them as often.
Organizing your refrigerator is a good way to begin eating healthier. When food is jammed into a refrigerator, it can make healthy items less visible and less accessible. With some planning and an eye for organization, you can give prominent positioning to healthy snacks that you can easily spot when looking for something to eat.
A well-organized refrigerator or freezer also makes it easier to keep track of food basics and staples. If you need extra freezer space, small chest freezers are very affordable and offer a great way to expand storage space and save money. You can freeze farm-fresh produce that is in season and purchase other food items when they are on sale to freeze and use later.
Being well organized can help you do things that save time, such as preparing food in batches. This might involve cooking on weekends or when you have extra time. You can then freeze the food to eat during the week. Taking the time to prepare the food when you have the time eliminates the dilemma of not having time to cook when you get home from work.
A little planning and organization can make healthy living much easier. These and other ideas are worth considering to help you work smarter and not harder.
- Make a large salad or a pot of soup once a week and divide into servings you can save for meals or to bring to work
- Use a crockpot to cook larger amounts and then divide the food into single portions and freeze
- Invest in kitchen tools that help make food preparation easier and faster
- Freeze leftovers immediately in freezer bags
- Label freezer items with the date and use a labeling method that is easy to maintain
For more great tips and ideas, check out UPMC Health Plan’s website.