8 DIET AND WELLNESS TIPS FOR BUSY PROFESSIONALS
It’s one thing to be a hard working professional, but my goodness when you add busy home life to that, you have a whole new kettle of fish. There’s one thing that is certain when you begin to determine the life of a busy professional, and that’s having absolutely no time to spare.
Every second counts!
And some people simply don’t take a break to eat well, or at all! If you go through each day without breaks, you can find your health begin to suffer. Some simply don’t understand the consequences of ignoring a healthy diet for busy people. You’ll burn out, fast! Also, you’ll leave yourself open to illness as your concentration levels take a nosedive.
Working hard and powering through each day shouldn’t always be the norm.
It’s an avenue for stress because the body needs the energy to perform optimally. To that end, you have to create a balance between what you eat and activities to keep you in shape. You’ll need to be fit and well to achieve the best results each day.
So if you are a busy professional, here are some diet tips that can help you…
- Never go without breakfast
Skipping breakfast has now, more than ever, become a rule of thumb for busy professionals. That absolutely shouldn’t be the case (Unless you are trying out intrmittent fasting, although I have read the pro’s and con’s on the for and against arguments on that!). If you’re going to miss any meal, try ensure it’s not breakfast, especially if you are feeling less that your usual fit, healthy and happy self.. There are risks and conditions associated with missing the first meal. Such as moodiness, and lord knows we can be cranky in the morinings anyway!
Imagine going to work extra moody and touchy, it’s a recipe for disaster and would limit your output. With breakfast, you’re not limited to your home. You can plan to have meals before you begin your day at your workplace. Whatever you do, don’t go without it. It’s a perfect way to set the tone for the rest of the day. Check out these Meal Prep Productivity Hacks
- Go for healthier options while shopping for groceries
Maintain a healthy diet for busy people can be tricky. Especially when you are tired, stressed, potentially cranky and likely disorganised! You can;t change the world in a day. But what you can do, is pay attention when selecting your groceries. A super cool vegan girl i met while hanging out in Byron Bay in a yoga sanctuary (I know, I know) helped me with this. Stick to the outter edges of the super market! If it’s in an aisle, it’s probably got preservatives in it. It is actually healthier to settle for unpackaged food items. Fresh fruits and veggies, items hanging out in the fridges, frozen is ok too. The preservatives and artificial flavors included in the course of manufacturing packaged food can result in health issues long term.
- Be Proactive
The rush of workdays provides little or no time to prepare meals. Hence, it’s crucial to plan. In most cases, the need to engage in official activities is less during weekends. So, during weekends, cook and prepare your healthy foods for the week, so you don;t find yourself reaching for the naughty alternatives.
- Make provisions for healthy snacks
Make room for healthy snacks while packing lunch. Healthy snacks can satisfy cravings for sugar and fat-laden snacks in the day. Examples of healthy snacks include almond, apple slices, blackberries, peanut butter bar, and so much more. If you must eat out, be sure to settle for healthy meals. Curtail the urge to indulge in excess portion as well.
- Get enough sleep
An excellent way to compensate for the mad rush of hours is to ensure you get enough sleep. There’s nothing quite like a refreshed mind and an enemy to that is sleep deprivation. You’ll likely gain fat due to an increase in cortisol levels in your body, and you know how that feels. There’s only so much you can do without proper rest.
It’s true that busy professionals can’t afford to lose a second, but without the renewed energy, which comes from sleep, you’ll be a walking time bomb. Relaxed muscles mean a sharper body and an eager mind. Try to aim for 8 hours of sleep to improve productivity.
- Exercise as much as you possibly can
It would be easier to say a daily exercise routine would be ideal but how much of that would you follow? That’s the hard part because busy professionals think exercise won’t fit in. That’s not entirely true because it will if you let it. You don’t have to run around a soccer pitch. Walking goes a long way, and you can do that as often as you can.
Taking the stairs instead of an elevator is another option you can practice more. Also, going to buy your coffee is excellent. If you think these bits of exercises don’t help, get a fitness watch strapped and check your progress.
You’ll be amazed at what you find. If your job puts you behind a desk all day walking to places when you can is essential. Even if you have to get up and pace around your office, do that. Thirty minutes at the gym doesn’t sound bad either.
- Stay hydrated
It’s easy to forget just how vital water is to your body when going from one meeting to the other. Sounds too simple? The body depends on water to survive. In actuality, every part of the body from cells to organs, function well with water. You’ll need it to deal with waste and your body temperature.
Coffee and other drinks don’t make for better alternatives and add calories to your diet. Other food intakes add bits of water, but it’s better you take water as it is. Also, with water, it’s different strokes for different folks. Your body may need more water than the next person, and you should take such amount. If drinking plain water is an ordeal, add a slice of lemon. Either way, stay hydrated.
- Eat right even when you eat out
It is easy to grab some junk off a corner to ease your cravings, but that’s a dangerous way to live. Fast food adds more calories you may be too busy to burn. Why not mix things up? Restaurants offer healthy dining options to health-conscious professionals on request.
If you must, eat something grilled, and side meals should have more soups and salads. Sometimes, leaving your place of work may prove difficult so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have some snacks around. Protein-based meals are a healthy diet for busy people and would help boost your performance.
To conclude, these tips help you stay healthy and active to ensure you perform better. A healthy body goes well with a healthy mind.
The above tips are also ideal for maintaining effectiveness and productivity. Professionals must always remain productive to measure up with the demands of their workplace and industries.