15 Oct Nutrition is still the name of the game
Last week, we highlighted a few ways to support a healthy immune system. Interestingly, three out of the eight tips were diet-focused. This reinforces what we all know to be true…what we eat and drink matters. So here are a few tips to set yourself up for success when it comes to your nutrition:
- Plan and prepare. In the same way you keep a schedule with meetings and projects for work, set aside time weekly to look at the week as a whole to have a game plan for what and where your meals and snacks will come from throughout the week. If you drink alcohol, take a moment to consider which days you’ll drink vs. not drink to keep a balance and stay in control.
- Shopping partners, grocery pick up, and delivery. There’s no shame in recruiting help for “hunting and gathering.” Coordinate shopping lists with a spouse, family member, or friend or utilize shoppers to help you get the food and drink you need to fuel your body well during the week. Your time is important, so let’s remove this barrier if it’s in your way.
- If you still don’t have time to brainstorm meals, trial Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, etc. This season of your life might be a little chaotic, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up the goal of cooking meals at home. If you’ve never tried a meal delivery service like this, it might be worth a shot to see if it’s a good fit for you.
- Water bottle – Take it with you wherever you go and refill it. It may not be hot outside, but your body still needs you to drink water. So don’t leave your water bottle at home. Take it with you and continue to hydrate throughout the day.
- Keep fruits and veggies washed, chopped and ready-to-eat. Phytochemicals, antioxidants, and micronutrients are crucial to include in your diet regularly to stay well. Consider them nature’s multivitamin – even though you might also still take a multivitamin. The benefits of these plant foods are numerous, so fresh, frozen, canned, roasted, sauteed, air fried, whatever – eat up!
There are a lot of ways to prep and plan when it comes to fueling your body well, but we hope these five tips get the ideas flowing.
By Victoria Emmitt RD