One thing is for sure, we’re all mega busy!
Why do we need 3 super useful tips to boost your productivity and health? It might be your exceptionally busy job that requires your full attention all day long. Perhaps your family commitments are taking up all your ‘spare’ time. Time often vanishes and all too often we are left eating naughty food or with a long to-do list, we just didn’t get to.
One thing is for sure, we often let work impact our health.
It’s understandable that food may not be the top of your priority when you have 100 other things to focus on. However, being at the top of your game requires some extra effort towards your health. Feeling tired and hungry at 4 pm is not something you need to experience.
A minor mental shift from ‘ah I’m starving, order me two!’ to ‘ok, food is actually a fuel, let’s prep on Sunday’. This subtle change can provide you with all the energy you need to crush your to-do list and get mega healthy.
And here’s the best part: This doesn’t have to take up all of your time.
Trying to reach your health and body goals when you’re tight on time may feel like an uphill struggle, but it doesn’t have to be. Equipped with some helpful tips, you can start to streamline your processes. You don’t have to commit a lot of time or energy to lose weight, bulk up or shred. In fact, this is one of the most common misconceptions that prevent people from trying to improve their health. ‘I just don’t have time’.
YOU DO HAVE TIME!
It is all too easy to grab some junk food, ignoring the impact it is having on your internal system. But, these behaviours will, unfortunately, catch up on you.
By adopting a few of these helpful habits, it will actually become easier than ever to become your healthiest you yet, and it won’t eat up all your time or money.
Tip 1 – Preparing food
Buying food out regularly is something most of us are guilty of. Topping up the energy with a sandwich or grabbing a chocolate bar to perk us up for round two of the workday after lunch. Or perhaps, the lunch special across the street was a yummy burger, ‘oh go on then’. We can all find ourselves in these situations! Especially if we’re strapped for time and are in between meetings. But buying food out means our options are limited.
Unfortunately for us, in chemicals, preservatives, oils, sugar and salt. These extra added ingredients make the food last longer on the shelves and taste much more appealing. But as you may expect, this has an effect on our health. Even though we can’t immediately see of feel the impact.
Restaurants also chuck in additional ingredients we may not actually realise. In fact, we really don’t know what they use to cook the food in or how it’s prepared. I’m not suggesting eating out EVER is a no-no, that would be super sad. Of course, that’s not the case.
Eating out is amazing!
But, it’s better to keep it as an exciting treat, as opposed to a last minute decision from lack of preparation. Your bank balance, and your gut will thank you.
Tip 2 – Stop depending on caffeine
Coffee seems like the logical choice to boost energy: it’s readily accessible and normalized in society. But it’s a stimulant, which means there’s a little more going on than just providing energy. Caffeine is classified as a psychoactive (mind-altering) stimulant that speeds up our breathing rate, heart rate, thoughts and actions. It is actually considered a drug!
But it can cause some side effects. Firstly, it’s a diuretic, meaning it dehydrates you. Dehydration impairs attention span, increases your heart rate and breathing and leads to a lack of energy and severe fatigue, according to
This is because it leads to . The ups with caffeine are followed with downs, which is actually high spikes of adrenaline and cortisol, the stress hormone.
Again, nobody is saying you can never enjoy coffee. That would be mega sad. However, it may be an idea to limit your intake to one or two cups a day, before lunch. Try not to become so reliant on it to keep you going. It’s a subtle mental shift from ‘I NEED a coffee to function as a human’ to ‘I’ll have my morning coffee because I enjoy it’. I know you want to boost your productivity and health, but coffee isn’t the only way!
Tip 3 – Reminders: Start to utilize Siri!
Set reminders on your phone to let you know when you need to eat or drink water. It sounds strange, particularly if you have a big appetite – you may constantly be thinking of food as it is. But when you’re trying to lose weight, you need to ensure your body is nourished with enough of the right type of food.
If you’re full on carbohydrates and sugar, you may still feel hungry because you are lacking protein, fats and essential micronutrients. Set a reminder to write a meal plan for the week, set a reminder to prepare the food and then set reminders throughout the day to eat the meals at chosen times. This may sound rigid, but it will keep your hunger at bay because your body will be correctly nourished so you are more likely to stick to a healthy eating plan.
If you’re busy and trying to lose weight or improve your health, these tips will help you get on the right track. You don’t need to radically alter your life or spend a ton of time preparing food, a few adjustments will make all the difference.
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I’d love to hear from you, what’s your struggle with getting healthy around work commitments?