Having worked for 11 years in the corporate world, what I can say is that my diet has been on one heck of a roller-coaster ride.
Everyone starts off extra keen and motivated with impressively packed lunches. Naively assuming there will be an infinite amount of time to organize Mon-Fri lunches for work. Followed by a hop, skip and jump home with endless energy to make a fancy gourmet dinner and have some healthy eating habit.
It’s like a switch, something happens to all this eagerness and excitement.
We get busy, tired, stressed, we drink wine, we make new friends. About a hundred potential reasons not to be in the kitchen or at the supermarket organizing lunch.
Guess what then happens.
6 months later, the habits forms and before you know it you have some random food addictions. I went through a pad thai phase. An obscene amount of pad thai was consumed during this period! No one should still even consider ordering pad thai after so many binges on the same dish. However, we are without doubt, creatures of habit. We like familiarity.
After the food obsessions and poor habits form, the potential knock-on effects include, but are not limited to:
Weight gain, smoking, binge drinking, lack of motivation, bad skin, irritability, difficulties concentrating and sleep problems.
The cycle goes a little something like this:
Busy at work – Disorganised – Stressed – Tired – Hungry – Uber Eats/ McDonald’s/ Junk food – Regret – Bloating – More tired – Bad skin – More stress – More junk food – Wine – Hungover
… And so on.
It’s actually not our faults! It’s not as though we are taught any of this on our first few days at work, or during our final weeks of school, in fact, no one teaches us anything at all about how to manage time or keep our bodies in peak condition within our health and fitness whilst dominating our careers!
No one really explains to us that the transition to working a full-time job can be quite challenging at times, especially when it comes to managing a busy career, social life, and a workout regime. It actually takes a fair amount of organization to really maximize the small amount of free time available. No one wants to be stuck in the house doing food prep for the whole weekend when you really need some of that time to be investing in yourself, which may mean doing absolutely nothing!
Imagine if we were taught this in our first jobs!
How to be happy healthy and chilled workers!
Here are: 3 essential tips on healthy eating and how to eat and stay healthy when you have NO time – The lazy girl’s guide!
Find a healthy, ‘home cooked style; all-natural ingredient meal preparationcompany fairly local to you. I personally use www.performanceeating.com.auas I’m based on the Gold Coast. I cannot express how much of a game changer this is. There’s NO SHAME in getting help with your meal prep when you are time poor (busy taking over the world).
There are food delivery services now providing food that is arguably BETTER than what you would slave over your hot stove over on a Sunday afternoon when you would much rather be in ‘Zen’ relaxation mode. The nutritional aspects of these meals are actually a heck of a lot more thought out that what you or I would have time to really think in depth about.
It’s helped me immensely, not just with weight maintenance but also with cravings, I’m not reaching for the Uber eats app because when I finish work I’m still fairly full from lunch. I am happy to get home and actually consider what food is right for me.
When you are STARVING you simply don’t care, it’s gone past the logical decision-making stage. There’s simply no shame in getting help organizing your nutrition, you may pay a couple of extra dollars per extra meal for this service, but you cannot put a price on healthy food when you take into consideration the impact on your body, health and mental state.
Not to mention the TIME you get to spend relaxing or doing the other things you’d like to get done. When you crunch the numbers, it’s a few extra bucks, it really is, just get them for lunch for Monday-Thursday so you take a lot of the cooking and prepping stress off of yourself, you can then concentrate just on ONE meal a day if you are cooking.
Invest in healthy drawer snacks. It’s so easy to grab a chocolate bar and take that in your handbag or shove it in your drawer, it’s also cheap, chocolate is also delicious. However, I urge you to think about the future YOU.
In 6 months, if you have created the habit of reaching for that sweet sugary heroin as a daily ritual when you get the munchies, you will either have gained a few pounds or be a full-blown sugar addict! (I’ve been there.) It’s harder to take the time to think about the healthy eating options for those ‘I can barely concentrate because my stomach is eating itself’moments. Think carrot sticks, rice crackers, bananas, shakes, and protein balls. Create the healthy snacking habit early to save you from a host of pain, weaning yourself off the bad stuff later
MENTAL SELF TALK
The mental self-talk. When you get hungry, your brain is going to tell you that you want the sugar. You want the chocolate and that you NEED the caffeine! I have found that learning some mental bargaining tools has helped me in my moment of crisis.
Something along the lines of ‘OK, I really want that KitKat, I can have it, but only if I have eaten at least two portions of fruit and some carrot sticks beforehand. Instead of denying yourself the things that you like, encourage the things you know you NEED into your routine.
Often, after carrots, you don’t actually want the KitKat. It’s your brain telling you that you want energy, it can’t differentiate between good or bad energy when you already need it. Create some of your own bargaining self-talk commentaries to help you in those times you know you are going to reach for the naughty stuff!
Try healthy eating!
This is what has been working for me over the last couple of years and I have seen a huge difference in my eating habits and body toning