Our diets can affect everything from our waistlines to our energy levels. And our food choices really do make a difference to the way we feel. Entrepreneurs often fall into the trap of working too hard and not taking enough time to look after their bodies properly. But not only will you benefit from following a healthy and balanced diet, your business will too. And it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Here are a few healthy eating for success tips:
#1 – Eat Breakfast – It may sound like common sense but eating breakfast really does make a difference to your health. When we sleep we fast for many hours, and breakfast helps to kick-start our bodies. A good breakfast will help your concentration span and energy levels, and will stop you from going into a “dip” where you’ll reach out for less healthy foods.
Good sources of breakfast include lean proteins such as eggs, yogurt and cottage cheese as well as complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat breads or cereals. Oats are also a fantastic way to start the day. They contain slow release carbs which will keep your energy levels steady throughout the morning. Add a little fruit to any of the above and you have a healthy balanced breakfast.
#2 – Eat Snacks – A few healthy snacks at the right times, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, can make all the difference to your energy levels and waistline too. Snacking on a regular basis may help you avoid overeating during your meals, or worse – eating the wrong foods.
Healthy snacks include low-fat yogurt, dried fruit, fresh fruit, or a handful of nuts and seeds. Any of these snacks can be taken with you on the go on busy days.
#3 – Eat More Fibre – Fibre has been proven to be highly beneficial to the body. Not only will it help you maintain regularity, it also helps keep you feeling full – a sure winner for those who want to lose a little weight.
Add fibre to your daily meals in the form of “good” carbs which include whole wheat pasta, brown rice, whole grain cereals and breads. Fruits and vegetables are also great sources of fibre.
#4 – Eat Your Greens – Your mother was right, eating your vegetables does make you healthy – particularly leafy green veg. Packed full of antioxidants and vitamins, vegetables provide fibre and so much more. They can also add variety to your meals and help to keep you feeling full which is great if you’re trying to lose weight.
For the best benefits include a variety of vegetables as well as the green leafy vegetables like broccoli and kale.
#5 – Stay Hydrated – Being dehydrated may make you feel sluggish and just generally put you in a low mood. Aim for eight glasses of water a day and cut back on caffeine where possible. Drinking enough water will help you feel great and help your body run smoothly – many ailments from a simple headache to feeling tired can be put down to dehydration. And many of us walk around mildly dehydrated on a daily basis. Drink your water to avoid this trap.
Eating for success takes a little time and planning but it can be done. It’s easier if you plan ahead and make sure your pantry is stocked with healthy foods and snacks. Planning your meals may also help. A healthy balanced diet may improve your life and your business in the process.