Healthy Eating Tips for Busy Professionals

Business lunches, meetings, conferences, hectic workload and the list goes on. A lot of companies have leaned towards accommodating their workers by making food available on-site; whether it’s in the form of a buffet, food trucks (Austin), or a chef at times. Between the work space deliciousness and meeting with clients or just taking a brain break with colleagues – the idea of eating healthy for some professionals is almost non-existent. It seems like another restriction to an already restricted life.

But eating healthy is obviously important. And with a sedentary job, it SHOULD be the number one priority of  9-5’ers everywhere. Just because I understand doesn’t mean I’m letting you off with excuses. Your health should come first and you know it. That’s why you’re reading this. 😉 Here are 4 things you can do to eat healthier with the demands of your job:

1) Bring your lunch to work

Seems easier said than done doesn’t it? You know just as much as anybody else that nothing worth having is easy. You have a good job, but you had to beat out the competition to get it. You probably went to school, and you had to invest years to complete the required courses to give you the credibility you needed to impress your HR Manager. Guess what..those required more discipline than eating healthy. I know…mind blowing right? But Derrick…it’s different! It’s really not. There was/is an end goal in mind – you just had/have to put in the work to reach it.

2) Track your food 

There are too many apps out there to not have the ability to track your food. If you are reading this, chances are pretty high you have a cell phone. You obviously have internet. Download one of the many different food apps and log the things you eat. It’s really easy and helps you become more mindful of what you’re eating and how much you’re consuming.This Amazing Young Lady Worked Hard to Reach Her Fitness Goals. Show your support by hitting the “like” button!

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3) Be impressionable

I don’t mean you should follow every goofball on social media who has abs and is a self-proclaimed “fitness guru”, but you should follow some of the pages that post healthy meals with the recipes. Follow the people who share fitness focused content with resources. Engage with the people who are living the lifestyle and learn from them.

4) “Challenge” yourself and a co-worker

It’s always good to have support when you’re trying to eat healthier. That co-worker who always wants to go to that place with all of the fried foods…help them out by getting them on board with you. If you like their company enough to eat out with them on a regular basis, it’s safe to assume that you value them as a person aka you care about them and their well-being. So why not take that one person and get them on board with you? Hold each other accountable.