Every single day opens up a sea of opportunities to good health-eat better, work out better, exercise more and so on. This day’s health choices might seem to be trivial at the moment, but these small decisions add up to positive behavioral changes or negative ones later in life. Given here are some great options to make use of every single opportunity to eat well and stay in shape.
Excuses are many to skip breakfast-getting late for school or office, not used to preparing breakfast or have no time to eat one. But, eating a well-balanced nutritious breakfast keeps you from overeating other meals or even binging on sugary or processed foods. People sometimes have the habit of drinking 2,3 or even 4 cups of coffee to keep themselves energized. Skip the coffee and take a brisk short walk around the block instead. Such small amounts of activities done twice or thrice a day gives you a positive frame of mind than gulping down cups of sugary coffee. Get to know interesting but simple breakfast recipes and ideas from the website www.firsteatright.com.
Utilize your lunch break wisely to invest some time in activity too. Curb yourself from eating out if the restaurant menu offers not-so-nutritious menu items and if the queues are going to be much longer. It is always suggested to pack a nutritious meal that fulfills your body needs and saves you time to take a short brisk walk around your office building.
Leaving Home from Work
The priorities you set as you leave office mold your overall health, motivation and efforts toward behavior change. You may think of going for a quick peak to your house before heading to the gym. But don’t do this unless you’re required to do so as going home may derail your workout plans due to some obligation from your family members, pending household chores or simply you may feel like relaxing in the comfort of your sofa and watch tv instead. To avoid such mishaps, take your gym bag to office and go to gym straight from office. This action of yours also helps to avoid temptations such as accompanying your co-worker for happy hours at a pub nearby or heading straight home after a hard day at office.
Preparing dinner provides you with the opportunity to store some snacks that can be utilized for the rest of the week. For example, if you are using carrots or bell peppers for dinner tonight, don’t stop with peeling the amount required for the meal but chop few extra portions that can be consumed as snacks later. Also, when something is already prepared and kept in front of your eyes, you are more likely to avoid reaching out for junk foods. For instance, you can eat sliced-up veggies dipped in hummus as a snack or a post-workout energy boost.
After a long day of eating healthy food and exercising, don’t ruin your entire efforts by going for a late-night binge on chocolates, pastries, cookies or chips. One simple way to curb this is to brush your teeth soon after dinner sending a signal to your brain and body that you are done with eating for the day.
Lastly, ensure that you get a good night’s sleep by turning off your electronic gadgets, dimming lights, meditating etc. Your clarity of thoughts, energy level and outputs depend on your sleep patterns.
Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.