We all work hard, and while some of us may struggle through our working day, others find it a little easier. In most cases, this is probably primarily down to diet. If you eat the wrong things, you’ll feel sluggish, tired, worn out, and will lack motivation. Simple changes to your diet could make your working day a whole different kettle of fish. Here are a few better eating habits that will help you power through your workday without the struggle:
You’ve heard it all before- breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but really, it is! Unless you have a good balanced meal first how can you expect your body and brain to kick start into action and be productive and proactive from the word go.
Start your day with carbohydrates, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. Opt for porridge oats made with water or semi-skimmed milk, add a table spoon of cinnamon and a handful of berries on top. Porridge has been long proven to keep you full for longer, it’s low fat and the berries offer all the vitamins you need to start your day.
In the UK, nearly all of us indulge in the mid-morning ‘elevenses’ snack, but actually eating in between meals is very important. You need to keep your metabolism going and eating something small stops you over eating at your next meal leaving you feeling sleepy.
Opt for a piece of fruit, a handful of nuts and a green tea or hot water and slice of lemon. No fruit to hand and no time to run out to the shop? No problem, sites such as fruitfuloffice.co.uk can help you there.
Lunch is the time to get some healthy carbs and lots of protein in as dinner is probably a long way off and you need to keep alert and energized for the afternoon.
Chicken offers a low calorie and high protein punch perfect for a work day lunch. Try sliced chicken breast on whole wheat bread with salad and low fat mayonnaise. If you’re not a chicken fan, try an egg mayonnaise sandwich instead with watercress. Craving something sweet after? Opt for a high fiber snack like an apple dipped in a little natural honey.
Many of us find the middle of the afternoon the hardest. You’ve already worked six hours or so and your brain is ready to call it a day. Don’t give in though, re-energize with a motivation boosting afternoon snack. Opt for something rich in vitamins and minerals to really wake you up. Try carrot sticks with low fat hummus or a couple of crackers and half an avocado, find out the health benefits of avocado here. Something light and refreshing works best so you’re hungry again by the time you get home.
Many of us make the mistake of eating dinner too late. By this point we are starving and over eat leaving us feeling full and useless. Eating too late can also stop you sleeping properly. So to prepare for the next working day eat early to get a good night’s sleep. Choose something high in protein, with lots of veg or salad and a small helping of carbohydrates. Grilled salmon served with spinach and potatoes is a great choice.
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