Break Bad Work Week Habits

-Stop and eat breakfast

Breakfast is overrated to those of us who start our days in a rush. On the contrary, there is not a better way to start your morning. Provide yourself with the fuel you need to get through the rest of the day. If you are trying to lose weight, fueling your body regularly will help you avoid the bad food choices later on. What makes a sufficient breakfast is incorporating a little bit of everything. Include lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

-Easy on the coffee

Excess caffeine can interfere with your sleep, and possible cause you to crash later on in the day. I would keep caffeine to a maximum of three cups a day (8 ounces). When drinking coffee, try skipping the unwanted calories that come with cream and sugar. Do you need to wean off? Maybe. How about switching to half decaf? It will also help if you eat small, frequent meals to keep up your energy.

-Brown bag your lunch… this is where Nourish comes into play

Why is packing a lunch so hard? You are setting yourself up for failure if your fridge is not stocked with easy, healthy things for you to throw in a brown bag. Or better yet, meal prep over the weekend. Throw meals in Tupperware to grab and heat up at the office later on. Stock up on fruits, vegetables, yogurt, cheese, crackers, hummus, and water bottles.

-Hold off on the vending machine, grab an apple

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of our diet, and a great snack. Why don’t you make it a point to try a new in season fruit or vegetable every time you go to the grocery store? It is easy to push away the produce in the winter. It is always better to buy frozen or canned fruits and vegetables than chips out of the vending machine.

-Cook dinner at home

Making homemade meals doesn’t have to eat up all your time. To make it even easier on you, plan ahead. Especially if your weeks are crazy, plan ahead on the weekend. Make some dinner options in advance. Some easy ideas are a large batch of chicken chili, sandwich wraps, or casseroles. You can even use shortcuts like pre-cut veggies and canned goods.

Mary Drennen