So many people fail to sleep properly that skipping breakfast is almost expected. Don’t. To often this breeds a lethargy that demands coffee but come cup three it’s no longer working and your day is off to a very poor start. A start that often manifests itself into a quick lunch of anything without though to its nutritional content. Consequently, the rest of your day is filled with snacks of an equally dubious nutritional benefit.
No one is blaming you but this pattern leads to poor health, sloth, and stress. A condition that is difficult to break out of and provides a mind state ill prepared to help you make a change. By simply preparing a plan for your day’s food consumption you will alleviate the aforementioned negatives that accompany a poor workplace diet.
I know it’s obvious but it requires so little effort for such promising results. Even if it is just fruit or yogurt the benefits are worth it. Don’t overdue it but your body needs something. Whether you have to wake up a touch earlier or make a quiche the night before that can easily be reheated it is important to not skip “the most important meal of the day”.
It’s cheap, often requires no preparation and gives you that needed boost throughout the day. A good rule of thumb to avoid the unhealthy offerings of the office vending machine is to put three pieces of fruit in a bowl on your desk. Paint them if you fancy it but the goal is to eat each.
A Little Fresh Air Goes a Long Ways
It’s easy to forget the outside world exists in the florescent lit cubicle world that is the modern office. Rather than banter with your co-workers, or check your Facebook, get out of your chair.
Buy a Lunchbox and Keep it Healthy
A Lunchbox, or snackbox, whatever you prefer to call it is the best way to guarantee proper workplace eating. While there are numerous options available a few suggestions for its content.
- A mixed bean salad or chickpea salad.
- Bags of nuts or seeds.
- Whole-grain breakfast cereal and non-fat milk in the office refrigerator.
- In addition to non-fat milk, keep hard boiled eggs, raw vegetables, hummus, cottage cheese, sushi or a pre-cooked chicken breasts in the refrigerator.
Watch Your Coffee Intake
There are people who would suggest that you cut it out of your diet completely. You won’t hear that here. However, if you can limit your intake to one or two cups a day you will be better off.
Remember that what goes up must come down, and down makes for a long work day.
A couple of quick suggestions: consider green tea as a possible compliment after your first cup or two. Also, for each cup of coffee you have drink a bottle of water. In fact, just drink more water. Don’t do it for a day but rather each day.