Irritability, fatigue, and restlessness are emotions commonly experienced by professionals. Working in a 9 to 5 job can have a toll on your body, more so when you regularly practice poor eating habits.
Many professionals neglect taking part in healthy, well-balanced diets due to the busy nature of their daily routines. It is a routine that sees many start their day without taking breakfast.
The problem is further compounded by taking a lunch that can only be described as unhealthy. You will find many eating lunch made up of processed energy sugars, and lacking essential food items like fruits, and greens.
A lunch menu of this nature will lead to reduced energy levels, and fatigue is likely to be present, even when starting your day. Poor eating habits not only affect your performance at work, but they can also lead to lifestyle diseases.
But this does not need to be the case for you. You can change this by making changes to your everyday diet. The following are steps you should take:
Do Not Be Tempted to Skip Breakfast
Your breakfast will be the most important meal of the day. Considering that morning hours are the busiest in the office, you should never skip out on this meal.
During morning hours, your body will be struggling with the remaining sleep, while trying to adapt to the daily routines.
You, therefore, need to take a healthy meal, to help you kick-start the day on a high note. A good breakfast meal should comprise of:
- Complex carbohydrates, e.g., cereals
- Yogurt or organic cow milk
These are food items that will provide your body with enough energy to last you the whole day.
Always Have a Water Bottle When Leaving the Residence
Doctors recommend that you take between eight and ten glasses of water on any given day. The water will help in reducing your hunger pangs while ensuring that your energy levels remain high throughout.
Water also assists in ensuring that your digestion system remains intact. Regular water intake is instrumental in keeping infections and diseases away.
While taking the water, ensure that you do not break the cardinal rule of water intake—do not drink water in between your meals.
If you’re supposed to take 8 glasses of water daily, ensure that it’s at least after an hour before, or after you have taken any meal. You have to observe this to ensure that you will not interfere with the digestion process.
Snacks Should Be Replaced with Healthy Fruits
Junk food will always remain just that, junk food. It is food that cannot provide your mind and body with the energy it needs to focus on the tasks ahead of you.
You should, therefore, stay away from foods that have poor nutrition value. Foods high in saturated fats, trans, and sugars are not helpful to your body. They will make you feel full after consumption but will slowly affect your energy levels.
Salads and fruits are a better replacement for processed energy bars. Make it a point to carry a fruit when heading to the office each day.