Hey y’all! I know this is a different type of post for me, however, as a personal chef, I work with people who are struggling to grab hold of their diet and eating habits. Rather than resorting to fast food, processed food or delivery, they want to come home to a home-cooked meal. Who doesn’t?
Of course, a healthful, home-cooked dinner is only a small part of one’s day. I spent a lot of years in the corporate environment and in small offices before starting my personal chef business. I recall well sitting at a desk all day, the potlucks, the cafeteria food and running out to grab something quick before the next meeting. All of that can have an impact on your health and weight that adds up over time. However, small changes also make a difference over time
I’ve been hearing about this great website on the radio recently–Nuts.com. In addition to thousands of amazing food products, Nuts.com has a ton of healthy snack options curated by their registered dietician. Check it out at Nuts.com Healthy Snacks.
In collaboration with Nuts.com, here are some tips to help you get through the workday–healthfully! (No monetary or product compensation was received from Nuts.com for this post.)
Pack a lunch
Taking a little extra time to shop for, plan and pack a healthful lunch will help you stay on track. When your coworkers want to order in pizza, you’ll have the leverage to tell them, “Aw shucks, I brought a salad but enjoy your pizza!” You’ll also save money in the long run!
Get up and stretch
Oh boy, have you seen the recent research that shows sitting all day is as bad for you as smoking and increases the chance of developing type 2 diabetes? Not. Good. Standing desks are becoming more popular in the workplace to combat this problem. (As someone who is on their feet all day, it takes some getting used to but once you are used to it, sitting too much actually becomes uncomfortable!) Recommendations are to get up at least once per hour, stretch or take a quick walk for even one minute.
Swap coffee for green tea
While it’s now being proven that coffee is not bad for you, there are more benefits to a cup of green tea. Green tea has an antioxidant known as EGCG which helps boost your immune system and may even help you lose weight by shrinking fat cells. …And who doesn’t feel more civilized when drinking a cup of tea? It’s something our world could use more of!
It’s easy to get so involved in a project that you forget about everything else. I get so involved in getting my client’s meals together that I forget to drink plain ol’ water and have paid the price later with a headache. Stay hydrated!
Take a walk and take the stairs
Reserve time on your lunch break to take a short walk. According to Livestrong.com, a 15-minute walk may not lead to weight loss, but it provides numerous other benefits like strengthening your lungs and heart which helps decrease the risk of heart disease. In addition, it strengthens your muscles, improves bone density and relieves stress. 30 minutes a day is even better, so instead of taking the elevator to go up one or two floors to deliver your project, take the stairs.
Keep healthful snacks handy
Last but not least, keep healthful snacks handy to get through that morning or afternoon slump. Way too many times while on the computer at around 2:00-2:30 in the afternoon, I remember wanting to put my head down and take a nap. A candy bar was always tempting to get through that slump. While a candy bar provides a quick burst of energy, there’s a price to pay with empty calories. I’ve also found that not snacking on something healthful in the afternoon leads to being totally ravenous when I get home which makes me want to grab anything and everything!