9 Simple Healthy Eating Habits for Business People Short on Time

9 Simple Healthy Eating Habits for Business People Short on Time

by Shepard Morrow June 21, 2017

What’s on your schedule for today? Did you leave an hour or so to have a healthy lunch? A lot of entrepreneurs and business owners forget to do that.

You are so busy trying to make your business succeed. Sometimes you don’t take care of yourself properly.

Well, here’s the thing. No matter how successful your business becomes, you may not get to truly enjoy that success if you don’t take the time to eat healthy now.

Are you thinking that it will be hard to develop healthy eating habits? It’s really not! Once you have decided to eat healthier and make a conscious effort to do it, you can do it.

For the next couple weeks, try to stick to all these tips. You may be surprised to realize that over time, you have formed some very healthy eating habits.

Address that coffee habit.

Cutting back on coffee is best for your health. But let’s be honest: sometimes it’s hard to get through the day without it.

But there is an alternative. You can keep some of that coffee in your diet, but make it more nutritious.

First, skip the sugar and cream. You don’t have to cut them immediately. Instead, give your taste buds time to adjust. Cut back a little each day – until you come to enjoy the flavor without the unhealthy additions.

Once you’ve accomplished that, consider adding a nutritious supplement instead.

Cinnamon adds more flavor – plus antioxidants – and helps control your blood sugar. Collagen can help with inflammation and tissue repair. And protein powder can help you meet your daily recommended value.

Stop going to the drive-thru.

It is easy to join a drive-thru line and order some food, especially when you are short on time. Not surprisingly, that’s appealing to a lot of business owners!

But those extra carbs and fats bring down your energy levels. And expand your waist line.

But if you’ve tried to kick the habit, you’ll likely find it difficult. After all, some days you just need food fast.

That’s okay. You can still get food fast – just change how you seek it. There are many delivery services for healthy eating options. So, you can get delicious, nutritious meals just as quickly as your favorite fast food joint.

Do some research, and find out the best spots near you. Sign up for a regular service, or keep that list in a convenient location. Reach for it the next time you’re tempted to go eat fries.

Plan ahead.

If you’re a business owner, it’s safe to assume that you’re good at planning. Or maybe you have an assistant who is good at it. Either way, start planning your food just like you plan your other responsibilities and commitments.

Know exactly what you will eat and where every day. That way, you don’t have to think about it. And you’re less likely to make a bad impulse decision.

If you like to cook, plan time for it in your schedule. Stick to it just like you do with other commitments, like an exercise routine or your weekly staff meetings.

And plan for grocery trips, too. Make a shopping list before you go. Avoid deviating from it. If you only purchase healthy foods at the store, you won’t have a choice but to eat healthy.

Here’s another way to avoid being wooed by a tasty treat as you walk the aisle of your grocery store. Don’t go. Use Instacart or a grocery delivery service to bring you what you need instead. It’s a time saver, too.

Always eat breakfast.

‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.’ You’ve heard that before. And it really is.

In addition to numerous health benefits, studies have linked breakfast to better memory and concentration. That means better productivity when you get to work.

So, don’t skip it. If your mornings are rushed, make a grab-and-go meal the night before. Prepare overnight oatmeal in a to-go cup. Find healthy breakfast bars. Or just grab a bran muffin.

If you buy coffee every morning, look at the breakfast options available at the same location. Don’t assume what’s healthy. Look at the nutritional information, and make a list of the items that fit the bill.

Drink a lot of water.

Sometimes when you think you’re hungry, it’s your body’s way of telling you that it needs water. You may be surprised by how much you eating habits change when you address what and how often you drink.

Whatever you do and wherever you go, don’t forget to keep some drinking water nearby. That means ditching that ever-present coffee mug and exchanging it for a water bottle.

If you have a habit of sipping at your beverage as you work, make sure that water bottle is what’s closest – not a less healthy beverage.

Cheat wisely.

No one is perfect. And what’s the point of having taste buds if you don’t indulge now and then?

Just don’t go crazy when you do. Don’t do it often. And watch your portion size when you do.

And perhaps, most of all, savor it! You deserve to.

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