Have you ever come to the end of your workday and realized you haven’t had anything to eat all day? Or maybe you ate some unhealthy snacks, like a couple bags of chips, but that was it? With the hectic schedule many agents keep, remembering to eat proper meals throughout the day can easily slip your mind. However, a proper diet is important for maintaining good health and nutrition. Learning ways to manage your daily eating habits is essential and can be easy to do. Here are a few ways you can fit eating properly into your packed schedule.
Eat a simple breakfast every day
The best way to start a hectic day is with a quick, balanced breakfast. This is important in order to boost your energy and to replenish the blood sugar you lost as you were sleeping. Try making smoothies or having yogurt and granola—breakfast doesn’t have to be anything too extravagant or time consuming.
Pre-portion your snacks
Before you reach for a snack in the afternoon, ask yourself: Are you actually hungry, or are you just bored or stressed? Snacking in moderation is OK, but it’s always best to pack your own snacks to ensure they are healthy and will energize you. Fruits, nuts, trail mix and hummus are always good options.
Caffeine can be any busy person’s best friend, but it can be easy to forget you should be drinking water throughout the day. Staying hydrated is important for our overall health, including brain function. Keep a reusable water bottle on hand that you can refill two or three times a day.
Fill up on protein
High-protein meals and snacks will fill you up and keep you full all day long. Some good foods that are packed with protein are chicken breast, fish, eggs, broccoli, lentils and Greek yogurt. There’s so much variation in the dishes that you can create that are loaded with protein.
Set time aside in your planner/calendar
Set time aside in your calendar to eat and make sure to add a reminder. Eating at the same time every day may make it easier to integrate meals into your daily routine.
Meal prep on the weekends
Using your weekends to prepare meals for the upcoming week will save you a lot of time and money. This is also a way for you to ensure you are eating nutritious meals with good portions.