- Eat Real Food. Avoid products with a long list of unpronounceable ingredients. They tend to be highly processed, lacking the nutrients your body needs, and are often loaded with empty calories. Changing how we eat changes how we feel.
- Learn to Cook. Cooking meals at home allows you to control portion sizes and the quality (use nutrition dense foods) of the ingredients. Think about making double and triple batches every time you cook to save time.
- Meal Prep. Choose one day a week to prep for all lunches and snacks for the work week. Put meals in glass containers or bulk chop and put together your unique lunch and snack each day. Packing your own snacks and lunch for work will save you time, money and eating healthier will help you stay on track toward your health goals.
- Eat a Healthy Breakfast. How we begin the day can set us up for success or failure. What we put in our bodies is directly related to how we physically feel. Start your day with a nutrient rich green smoothie, veggie egg bake or oatmeal.
- Have a Plan. Whether you bring your snacks and lunch to work or planning to go to a restaurant, have a plan for what you will eat and when you will exercise through-out the day.
- Get Moving. Do any type of physical activity every day. Find movement or exercise’s you enjoy. Even more important than maintaining an exercise program is to simply move around a lot and avoid sitting as much as possible.
- Drink Water. Most people are chronically dehydrated. We often mistake thirst for hunger. Drink a full glass upon waking, anytime you feel hungry and before each meal.
- Sleep. A night of solid sleep can set your body up to perform at its peak the next day, where as a poor night of sleep can waste your day before it has even begun. You can set the stage by making smart choices about how you end your day and prepare for bed.
- Take a Break. Take a real break and eat with co-workers, go outside, disengage from work. Working can lead to a lot of stress, taking care of your mental health needs to be a priority.
- Think Positive. Being a positive thinker can drastically impact your life. Did you know that positive thinking can make you healthier? Numerous studies have shown that optimists are physically
and psychologically healthier than pessimists. Change your thinking to live a healthier life.
by Lori Kampa Kearney, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach & Wellness Educator
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