Working women often struggle to maintain balance in life, including a balanced diet. Megan Roosevelt, also known as the "Healthy Grocery Girl," has a plethora of great advice on how to eat well even on a busy, working woman's schedule. Here are some practical tips for you to take into the New Year:
As a career woman, what makes eating well difficult?
As a busy woman myself, I know how hard it can be to balance work, faith, relationships, being active and eating well. That's why I love working with busy people! Even though I am not perfect, I have been able to master the art of eating healthy with a hectic schedule through my personal health journey and career. It is such a joy for me to help others achieve the same thing.
Personally, I have to remember to bring healthy snacks and water with me wherever I go. I do not function well when I am hungry or thirsty—in fact, most people don't!
When we're busy, it's easy to cave to convenience foods. Not all convenience foods are bad. What matters is the quality of the ingredients and the quantity consumed. I help my clients learn which convenience foods are good and which ones to avoid like the plague.
How do you avoid "caving to convenience foods" during the work day?
That depends on what my day looks like. If I'm in my office, I have access to my refrigerator, so I can munch on things like raw veggies, salad, sandwiches, hummus, avocado or a green smoothie. If I am going to be out and about in the day, I pack things that do not have to be refrigerated, like apples, trail mix, peanut butter packs, crackers, and healthy protein/snack bars.
I eat every few hours, and drink lots of water. I know that buying the more unhealthy convenience foods will do more harm than good, so it is not even an option for me. To me, they don't even sound or look tasty. My body craves the good stuff!
What are some of the drawbacks to not eating well? And what benefits come as a result of having a healthy diet?
Unhealthy eating has some short-term effects like fatigue, weight gain, headaches and digestive troubles. Long term unhealthy eating can lead to diabetes, cancer and other degenerative, dietrelated diseases.
When we are unhealthy and sick, we are trapped inside our body. We may feel the desire to be more, or do more, but it's hard to accomplish much when we are dragging, run down and insecure. This unhealthy stronghold often leads to a lot of self-focused thinking: "How do I feel?" "How do I look?" "What will give me comfort?" Like a domino effect, when we are unhealthy in one area of our life, it can start to affect other areas of our life. This is exactly where the enemy wants us: stuck, sick and feeling bad about ourselves.
Diane Paddison is a business professional and founder of 4wordwomen.org, local groups of professional working women committed to faith, family, work, and each other.