I know a lot of superwomen. You know, the mommas who do it all, know it all, and aren’t afraid to delegate or ask for help. Some of these women are business owners, some are stay at home moms, some are government workers, and some are bankers. Even though they all have different vocations and skills, they all share one commonality. They struggle with eating healthy without compromising their productivity.
We love our families and we love our jobs but sometimes things can get out of hand. It’s very easy to be so engrossed in a work project that we forget to feed ourselves or to be so busy taking care of everyone else that we forget to stop and drink some water.
I know that the struggle is real, so I’ve come up with a short list of ways to ensure that we’re maintaining our healthy habits but not taking away from the things we need to get done.
Get Your Mind Right
How important is being healthy to you? That’s the million-dollar question. I’m a firm believer that you have to want something in order for it to happen. If you don’t really want to eat healthy during the day, you probably won’t. It’s all about mindset. Healthy eating has to be high up on your list of priorities for any real change to happen in your busy day to day.
Action Step: Write down your fitness/healthy eating goals on a post it note. Stick it on your bathroom mirror to remind yourself of your intentions for the day.
Plan It Out
This step is paramount to your success! Once you’ve committed to eating healthy no matter what, take a second to write down what that looks like realistically. How much time do you have for a lunch break if you work for a company? If you’re a stay at home mom or business owner, decide when you’re going to have lunch and schedule other things around your “lunch break”. I can’t stress enough how important it is to eat! Again, your eating and diet make up 80% of your fitness success. Eating regularly not only ensures that you won’t binge eat something unhealthy later, but it also regulates your metabolism and digestive system.
Action Step: Take a few minutes on a Sunday or whatever day comes before your work week and figure out when you’re going to have lunch. Once you know what that time is, create an alarm in your phone to remind yourself to eat. Don’t ignore the alarm!
Now that you know when you’ll be eating, you’ll need to know what you’ll be eating. This is where it gets a little tricky. Depending on your time constraints or responsibilities, this step may not be easy but it’s totally imperative to any long lasting success. If you have something yummy and healthy available to eat, you’re less likely to consume something unhealthy and quick. (Especially if you’ve committed your mind to it)
Meal prepping is great for people who have the time to do it. For others, finding a business that meal preps and delivers may be a better option. I use a company called Evolve Paleo here in Kansas that delivers my meals on Sunday for the week. They’re pretty inexpensive when you compare grocery prices and their food is delicious!
Ideally, meals should be consumed at your designated lunch times but sometimes things don’t go as planned. That’s even more reason to be prepared. Shakes and protein bars are a great way to fuel your body if you’re not immediately available to take a lunch break.
Action Step: When you sit down for lunch (yes, sit!) be aware of the experience of eating. How many times are you chewing before you swallow? How does your food taste? How many ingredients can you identify? Eating is a necessity and a privilege. Take the time to just relax and eat. Work will be there when you get back.
Just because it’s simple, doesn’t mean it’s easy. I know firsthand how difficult it is to commit to healthy eating on Sunday then get derailed by Wednesday. Take heart! I would encourage you to really take some time with the first two steps on this list. Like I’ve said before, fitness is just as much a mental and emotional experience, as it is a physical one. If you’ve tried this before with no luck, try getting yourself an accountability partner to help you stay on track. Remember, you can’t really help anyone until you help yourself.
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