FOOD FOR THOUGHT: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Balance. We strive for it. A little of this. Not too much of that. When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, balance can be hard to achieve. We know that eating well is one component. Another important part is staying active. But how can you be motivated to exercise if you don’t have the energy? Filling up with the right fuel gives us an instant advantage. We’re primed, pumped, and ready to power through the day. Without it, the only thing we’re ready to take on is the couch.
Let’s stop thinking of eating healthfully as a separate piece of the wellness puzzle and see it for what it is: the foundation for everything we want to achieve. When Hippocrates proclaimed, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” it turns out he was on to something. Food has the incredible power to transform us right down to our DNA. What you eat is more than a quick fix, a cozy tradition, or a sensational splurge – it impacts how well you perform in every area of your life.
However, it’s hard to remember to eat well during the daily hustle. We have some tips on how you can make the move from empty calorie consumption to more purposeful choices. Read on to get the recipe for success.
TRACK YOUR TRENDS
Keeping a food journal is a great way to get a glimpse of your eating habits and patterns – you just might be surprised at what you learn. Make sure to note the times you have meals and snacks, too, because this will come in handy with the next step.
MAKE A GAME PLAN
You know the old saying, right? Failing to plan is planning to fail. It’s stuck around for a good reason. Taking a few minutes daily and weekly to plan meals and snacks around your busy schedule will help you with smart snacking and keep cravings in check. Creating at least ten go-to easy-to-make, snacks, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and rotating them will help with this process. Using a weekly meal planner like this one, can help.
PRACTICE MINDFUL EATING
Before you take that bite, take a deep breath, and be present in the moment. Make sure what you’re about to consume is going to be a nutrient-filled gift for your body. Successful leaders everywhere are adopting this trend, and it’s easy to see why.
SAY HELLO TO HYDRATION
Keep brain fog at bay by sipping consistently throughout the day. Getting your fluid fix is easier when you break it down into smaller, more frequent amounts. Everyone’s needs vary based on size and activity level, but the standard eight, 8oz. glass is a good place to start.
GRAB HEALTHY GRUB ON THE GO
Smart snacking – having healthy foods at the ready – is one of the easiest ways to keep your body and mind primed for peak performance. Look for a mix of protein, good-for-you monounsaturated fats (found in plants like avocado and nuts), whole-grain carbs, fiber, and greens. Eating protein helps keep your blood sugar stable so you can avoid any crazy carb spikes and the sleepy slump that comes with them.
The way we think and feel about food is deeply ingrained in each of us. When we change our perspective and view it as the powerful fuel it is, making healthy food choices gets easier. Even though you can’t control everything life throws at you in a day, filling your body with good-for-you food even when you’re busy is something we all have the power to do. It’s as easy as keeping these tips in mind and the right snacks within reach. Remember, food is the foundation for your success.
Learn how we’re introducing smart snacking to provide nutritious food on the go. Our goal is to help you unlock your potential and truly live your best life today.