7 Healthy Eating Habits for Your Busy Work Day
Do you find it challenging to prioritize your health during your workday? Between meetings, constant emails, and never-ending tasks, it may seem like there is no time to take care of yourself. If you find yourself skipping meals, drinking multiple cups of coffee per day, or hitting the candy drawer several times a day, it’s time to make a shift.
Some of the main benefits you can experience by paying more attention to your eating habits during your workday include:
- More focus and productivity during the day
- Increased energy levels
- Less bloating
- Less sick days from work
- Decreased risk for diabetes, cancer, and heart disease
The good news is that you don’t have to change your whole schedule to make healthy food choices. Here are seven tips to help infuse healthy eating habits throughout your busy work day:
1. Eat Breakfast Before You Start Working
Do you show up to work without having eaten breakfast? Maybe you start the day with coffee, get to the office, start looking through your emails, and before you know it, it’s 10 a.m. and you are starving.
This story is all too common among working professionals. Eating breakfast is critical to set you up for a successful day. By skipping a healthy breakfast, you are setting yourself up for low energy, decreased focus, sugar cravings, and overeating throughout the day. Once you sit down at your desk, it’s a lot harder to peal yourself away from emails and projects.
Some quick grab-and-go breakfast options are:
- Overnight oats with chopped nuts and cinnamon
- Egg and vegetable muffins with one serving of fruit
- Protein smoothie
2. Have Some Healthy Snacks Stashed in Your Desk Drawer
If you show up to lunch or dinner feeling a deep sense of hunger and urgency, it’s likely that you waited too long to eat in between meals. Many people complain about overeating at dinner or having no ‘willpower’ around food. The truth is that they might not be eating enough throughout the day to nourish their body.
If you think about most of the snacks that are provided at offices, they usually consist of vending machine options (chips, pretzels, crackers, etc.) or leftovers from a celebration (cookies, donuts, cupcakes, etc.). Or maybe you even venture over to your coworker’s desk to see what they have in their secret candy drawer.
If you bring some healthy snacks to work and stash them in your drawer, it will help your satisfy your hunger and avoid sweet temptations in the office.
Some easy snacks to stash in your desk:
- Packets of raw almonds (I like the ‘just a handful’ from Trader Joes)
- Bag of apples
- RX bars (or any other high-quality protein bar)
- Plantain chips
- Jillz Crackers or Mary’s Gone Crackers
3. Step Away from Your Desk for Lunch
Many people work through their lunch break because they are scared of missing important emails or because they want to leave the office early. If this is familiar to you, it’s time to stop the …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra