Across the country stay-at-home mandates have started to be lifted.
And as folks begin to come out of their homes and head back to work, it’s going to be a struggle for some to get back to a regular, healthy routine.
So, I thought now would be a good time to brush up on the basics and revisit my core recommendations for healthy living.
First, as you start your day, it’s important to eat a nutrient-packed breakfast.
Because if you’re heading back to work, breakfast might be the only meal you eat at home.
Make it count.
Pass on the store-bought cereal.
Even those multi-grain healthy-looking ones are jam-packed with sugar.
And, please have more than a cup of coffee.
You’re going to need much more than a cup of joe to tide you over.
The research shows that when you include some protein into your breakfast, you feel fuller longer and boost energy.
So, load your plate with some fruits and lean protein.
Or, opt with a nutrient-packed shake that incorporates protein.
Breakfast skipping has been associated with overeating later in the day and putting on more pounds.
So, don’t skip it, plain and simple.
Also, pack your own lunch… and snacks.
Packing your lunch is one of the best ways to make sure you get a nutritious meal when you’re out of the house.
Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than grabbing take-out.
Set aside a few minutes each night to pack your lunch for the following day.
Include items like salads with lean meats and broth-based soups with beans.
And, don’t forget to include your fruits and veggies to round out the meal.
For snacks, think about packing some unsalted nuts, dark chocolate chips, seeds, or yogurt.
Before you head out the door for work, be sure you have a full water bottle in hand.
You don’t want to get dehydrated, because that can lead to fatigue, headaches, mood, and a host of other problems.
Water can also help to fill you up, so you’re less likely to grab that quick, unhealthy snack from the office vending machine.
And don’t forget to be physically active throughout the day.
Gyms may still be closed, but you can still lace up your sneakers and go for a walk or jog in the morning before work.
And, throughout the day get up from your desk and move your body.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator. (I’d take an empty stairwell over a crowded elevator these days, anyway.)
And, park as far away from your building as possible to get some steps in.
After months of being holed up in our homes, getting back to a regular, healthy routine will take a little time.
But if you focus on the basics – eating healthy food, moving your body, and drinking plenty of water – you’ll set a good foundation to build on.
Stay safe out there.