6 Health Tips For Busy Corporate Workers
I’m seeing more and more corporate workers who are wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle but don’t know where to start. They feel overwhelmed by all the mixed advice out there, they have tried a range of diets but can’t stick to them, or get bored, or simply just can’t figure out what is actually right for them. Well, that’s my job! I’m here to make your life easier, healthier and take away your thought process of “what should I have tonight for dinner”. Trust me when I say healthy living shouldn’t be time consuming or boring. It IS possible to live a healthy life while working full time.
If I can do it, my corporate clients can do it, so can you! Yes, a big part of it is figuring out your priorities, and choosing your health as one of your priorities, but once you decided that, or invested into your health by going to see a health care practitioner who could change your life forever you’ve taken the first step!
And did you know you actually need good health to perform at your best every single day, and keep up with busy schedules and life’s demands? Without our health, we can suffer mentally (stress/anxiety/depression), we can suffer from digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, high blood pressure, lowered immune system, cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks, stroke, abnormal heart rhythms.
It’s my mission to make you learn that healthy living shouldn’t be hard, time consuming or boring. I’m all about simplicity, especially when it comes to cooking! I certainly don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen each day, and I don’t actually want to! That’s why I create the recipes that I share, they are recipes I use in my personal day-to-day life and are recipes that I recommend to clients. My goal is to make them simple, nutritionally balanced and delicious! So take a look through my recipes and give some a try for yourself!
Our bodies need fuel, a car can’t run on empty or the wrong type of gas, so if you’re serious about your health and wanting to improve your performance in all areas of life there are a few things you can do to keep yourself healthy while you’re powering through your day. Just a few simple changes can make a big difference in your energy levels, as well as your overall health.
Here are my top 6 health tips for busy corporate workers:
- Make breakfast non-negotiable
As you’re running out the door for your early-morning meeting, the last thing you’re thinking about is stopping for breakfast. But skipping breakfast can slow down your metabolism and can lead to blood sugar imbalances, making it difficult for you to stay focused at work. Try to have a protein-rich breakfast to help keep blood sugar levels in check like my go-to breakfast smoothie, super green omelette, or prepare breakfast the night before (his & hers overnight oats are mine and hubby’s fave).
- Keep lunches simple and nutritionally balanced, here are 3 options to get you started:
– Make a whole grain or gluten-free wrap with meat/fish/can of tuna/beans, add 1-2 handfuls of leafy greens, chopped tomato, cucumber, capsicum, avocado and/or a generous smear or hummus.
– Brown rice cake topped with pesto, feta + a protein source (can of tuna/leftover meat/pre-boiled eggs), enjoy this with some sliced veggie sticks on the side
– Grab a can of mixed beans, add 1-2 handfuls of leafy greens, chopped tomato, cucumber, avocado or feta, add a handful of nuts and drizzle with olive oil.
– Don’t forget about leftovers! They seriously are the best!
- Prepare in advance!
As I said earlier, you have to commit to your health and make it a priority, when you do that the “staying healthy” process almost becomes second nature. Prepare snacks and meals for the day in the evenings, or wake up 15 minutes earlier to throw something together. And if you don’t have time to put a meal together in the morning you can solve this problem by setting time aside over the weekend to prepare snacks and meals for the week. Commit to 1-hour food prep in the weekend. This will save you SO much time during busy weeks.
- Go for grab and go snacks
Veggie sticks with hummus, brown rice cakes with avocado, portion out ¼ cup nuts into a ziplock bag, enjoy this 2 square of 70-90% dark chocolate, they are all healthy satiating options.
- Choose healthy options at cafes and restaurants
If you’re in control of where you’re going for a lunch or dinner meeting choose a healthier option where you know you can pick something healthy. Most cafes and restaurants have healthy dining options these days to attract health-conscious customers. To play it safe stick with grilled instead of fried, and choose healthy sides such as fruits, soups, salad, steamed greens over fries and deep-fried foods. You could also spend some time picking 3-5 different cafes and restaurants you know you can eat from and rotate them.
- Stay hydrated! This goes without saying. On average, our body contains 60% water. If you’re not drinking enough water your body is going to be dehydrated, and studies have shown being dehydrated by only 5% can decrease your performance by 30%. Yup! So get yourself a nice (glass) water bottle and drink up! At least 2L daily.
If you take care of your mind and body you’ll find you’re more productive and have more energy throughout the day. Keeping yourself healthy also meals you’ll avoid doctors visits and illness. Remember, it’s not selfish to take care of yourself!
If you need further guidance, support, motivation or a personalized plan put together for you get in touch with me today. You deserve to feel your best!
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Hi I’m Natalie, a Registered Clinical Nutritionist, health influencer, blog writer & recipe creator. My own health complications prompted me to make positive diet & lifestyle changes, revitalize my health leading to a career change from the corporate world to nutritional medicine. I believe in a wholefoods approach to good health, focusing on simple strategies for modern, busy people.