Nutrition Sins That Sabotage Your Energy and Career: Part III
This week, we are featuring a series on the 9 major nutritional sins most Americans commit, along with tips on how they can easily be avoided. Greater energy at work is one of the many benefits provided by healthy eating. Here are sins #7-9 with tips on how not to commit them:
7. Not reading labels or looking at nutritional information on what you eat/drink. If you aren’t a food label sleuth, you’ll likely be surprised to find out just how bad some of the foods are that you eat frequently, including some foods that you may not even enjoy that much! It’s getting much easier to read labels, as even fast-food chains and restaurants are getting better at providing complete nutritional details on their foods.
8. Not planning ahead for meals and snacks. Even the most disciplined eater will give in to temptations and cravings if healthier alternatives are not available. Anyone who knows me probably thinks I am the healthiest eater they know, but even I get tempted to eat anything near me if I haven’t eaten in 5-6 hours or more: it’s not a question of will-power at that point! So, always carry healthy portable snacks with you. Fresh fruit, a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread, nuts, a small salad, a cup of light yogurt, and lean, low-sugar protein bars are all portable and very valuable since they can help prevent you from reaching for worse options that are just as accessible. By spending a few minutes the night before to consider how/when/what you will eat the next day, you significantly reduce your chances for making bad choices the following day.
9. Not being conscious of what you are eating. This does not mean you need to track everything you eat/drink for the rest of your life (although keeping a diet log for a few days can be very eye-opening). All you need to do is pay attention to what you are putting in your body. Stop snacking unconsciously and start eating only at designated meal/snack times!
Do you want to have more energy at work? Then, stop making excuses and start fueling your body the right way every day!
Thanks for reading!
-College Speaker and President of Idealize EnterprisesHealth and Fitness, Peak Performance