Business Travel: Tips for Eating Healthy in the workplace
There are plenty of ways to improve eating healthy in the workplace. You could make a commitment to walking more or eating healthier food.
In some jobs, staying still isn’t the issue. In fact, sometimes it can be hard to find the time to eat healthy food when you’re constantly on the go.
Eating well is a huge part of keeping fit and maintaining a healthy BMI, and it’s not always easy to do when you’re on the go. Before we get onto how to address this issue, let’s firstly look at what is a healthy BMI.
For most adults, a BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy. There are plenty of online calculators for you to check yours!
As for how to eat well on the go, here are some simple steps to help you maintain a healthy diet whilst travelling for business.
Preparation is key
Planning is vital for any healthy eating plan. If you know you’re going to be on the move, take the opportunity to plan your meals in advance: it requires nothing more than having the right foods, a notepad and some storage containers for you to pack your ready-made nutritious meals.
Write down a meal plan, including snacks, make them in advance and place in containers. Preparation in the form of educating yourself is key too, and part of that means learning how to read nutrition labels when you can’t pack your own food.
Avoid processed foods
One thing that’ll definitely stop you from reaching for the sugary, salty processed foods is to go for nutrient-dense full foods. Not only will your body thank you for it, but you’ll also feel fuller for longer.
It’s always going to be easier eating healthy on the go when you know exactly what is going into your meals. For when that’s not possible, researching types of food and food combinations will help you make much healthier choices.
We’ve already addressed the question of what is a healthy BMI, but did you know that eating regularly can also play a part? The more often you eat, the less hungry you’ll be!
As long as you eat regular small meals and snacks, your body is using the calories you consume for energy rather than storing them in anticipation of a long gap between meals.
It still comes down to eating healthily, though, so make sure your snacks are nutrition packed: nuts, seeds and fruit are a much better choice than chocolate and crisps!
Start as you mean to go on
Let’s finish with breakfast! We’re going to keep it really simple and say that skipping breakfast is a big no-no.
You’ll especially want to eat nutrient-dense foods first thing in the morning. For example, sugary cereals will leave you hungry, whereas oats are slow burning carbohydrates will keep you going for longer.
Find a nutritious breakfast that you enjoy, and every day will start on the right note.
These are our top tips for eating healthy on the go. It might seem like a real challenge in terms of preparation, but it will all have been worth it!
If you’d like some more advice about how our occupational health services can improve health and wellbeing in the workplace, get in touch with our team today.