Posted by: BeneFIT Corporate Wellness
Date: September 15, 2014
You have a busy day with a full schedule. When you are running from one responsibility to the next, how do you find time to eat healthy foods? Often eating has become a mindless activity in which we grab the most convenient food when we realize that we’re “starving.” If you give in to the tempting displays of vending machines and restaurant menus, you are likely to end up with an entire day’s worth of calories with very little nutritional value—and a feeling of regret afterwards.
The purpose of eating is to fuel your body: to keep your heart beating, lungs breathing, brain working, and muscles moving. When you eat, try to give that task as much attention as other priorities in your day. You can stay on the go and eat healthy, which may even give you the extra energy to go just a little more!
- Eat breakfast and don’t skip meals. Eating breakfast is a healthy way to start your morning, and it sets you up for success for the rest of the day. People who eat a healthy breakfast get more calcium, dietary fiber, folate, and protein. People who skip breakfast are more likely to be obese. Skipping a meal causes blood sugar to fluctuate, interfering with metabolism and energy levels. Eating regular meals supplies the nutrition you need, and encourages a good state of mind and body.
- Make informed decisions. Nutrition guides provide all the information needed to make healthy food choices. Ask to see a guide before ordering, or access the nutrition information from your smart phone.
- Prepare in advance. Life is going to throw a few curve balls: a deadline pushed up on a project, extra innings at the little league game, or a traffic jam on the way home. You may feel exhausted while your family pleads starvation. Keep a stash of trail mix, protein bars, dried fruit, nuts, whole grain crackers, or granola easily accessible in the car. Use the refrigerator at your workplace to hold foods like yogurt, string cheese, or vegetables for days that you don’t have time to prepare lunch or go out to eat.
- Be mindful! This is the most important thing you can do when it comes to choosing foods. Before eating, ask yourself, “why am I eating?” and “why have I chosen this food to eat?” Food is a large part of many cultures; different factors influence what and when we eat. We may forget the main purpose of food is to nourish the body. Take a minute before you eat to make decisions on what your body needs, then slow down and give yourself more time to enjoy the experience of eating.
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Updated Disclaimer: The information presented is for your general knowledge and does not replace the advice of your health care provider. All medical inquiries regarding your health should be presented to your health care provider.