Work. Has. Been. CRAZY. I’m sorry I didn’t have anything for you all on Wednesday, but it’s seriously been nuts. I was considering writing up a day in the life of a clinical dietetic intern or give you guys cool case studies of patients you could try to figure out, but I thought those might both be boring for you. Let me know if you’re interested in that…
I’ve also been working on another collaboration with TargetC9 and a couple videos for you! Soo I’m looking forward to those, as well as a funny post similar to this one!
I’m trying to set a rule to not work after 7 pm and do something fun/social every day as well, which isn’t always do-able, but it at least keeps me sane and is something to work toward. For instance, this week I did a girl’s night Monday, birthday party Tuesday, wine tasting + date Wednesday, and friendsgiving/framily dinner (big dinner with a bunch of my friends) Thursday. This attempt is keeping me crazy, crazy busy.
This busy schedule inspired me to talk about how I’m eating healthy on the go and how you can too!
I have a full Guide to Eating in the Workplace in my services, but I wanted to give you guys a little taste of my feelings on the matter (because of course everyone in the health/fitness world as their own rules about this!). I also work with and eat with dietitians and dietetic interns all day every day, so I can mix all our opinions on the matter to share with you!
Here’s a few of my rules/guidelines on how to stay healthy in a crazy workplace:
1. Meal prep: Sundays are the day of Tupperware. Learn the best way of meal prepping that works for you! The Little Honey Bee has awesome meal prepping advice (she’s a pro). I usually like to spend part of my Sunday making all the basics (steaming veggies, grilling up ground turkey, baking sweet potatoes…) so that they’re ready to go when I run out of the house in the morning. If I have fun plans on Sunday, I prep when I get home from the gym at night. So, while I’m cleaning up the apartment or watching a show or getting ready for bed, I have something cooking for tomorrow. So many recipes are so easy to just pop in the oven and not think about, so cutting out ten minutes of prep each night isn’t the biggest deal. If you’re into slow cookers, those are pretty rad too.
2. Cafeteria pushiness: some people are afraid to ask the chefs in their office cafeteria to make things a certain way – don’t be! Usually they are happy to make something a particular way for you. At the center I do research at, I was always too shy to ask for chicken without cream sauce or something grilled instead of fried, but now that I have seen how happy they are to make your meal healthier, I don’t mind it!
3. Have a schedule: if you’re at your desk all day, it’s easy to munch away for hours on end. Set a schedule for lunch every day and stick to it, set an alarm if you have to! Make sure that you only eat within that hour or so, so that you’re not mindlessly eating out of stress or boredom. Say to yourself, my lunch is at noon, no earlier and no later. Even if you’re still eating at your desk, you can set aside 30 min or so to enjoy your meal and take a breather from work.
4. Bring fruit/veggies to work: Every day I bring at least 2-3 pieces of fruits or veggies to work with me. We all get that 10 am stomach growl or 3-4 pm slump, and having fruits and veggies on-hand is crucial for that. It is allll too easy to sneak over to the vending machines or nearest coffee shop croissant window to satisfy that, so having fruits and veggies really accessible is great. I like having fruits because they have sugar to keep me alert and energized, and because I typically crave sweet things in the afternoon. Perfect solution. This week my bag had an apple, a pear, and a plum in it every morning. The week before was baby carrots, grapes, and cucumbers.
5. Water: Drinking water throughout the day keeps you energized and focused while curbing your cravings. Have a big reusable water bottle on your desk all the time so you don’t have to think about drinking it, it’s just right in front of your face all day!
I have also found that I eat a lot less/have less cravings throughout the day when I’m crazy busy. This can work in either direction (some people eat more/unhealthier under stress), so I’m lucky in a way. However, by really focusing on your goals at work and pushing yourself to kill it in the office every day and just HUSTLE, you won’t be worrying so much about food. You can focus more on fueling your awesomeness with healthy options!
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