Tips for being a healthy working mom
We know being a working mom can be tough. Between meetings and status calls, daycare and afterschool activities, busy moms can be running around all day. It’s a struggle just trying to put dinner on the table, never mind taking time out of every day to workout, plan your meals, eat right and oh yeah, rest up. Here are a few tips to help you get through the day.
Healthy is a lifestyle, not a chore
View the word health as a lifestyle, not an act you must achieve or fail throughout the day. If you achieve a healthy lifestyle, you’re naturally more inclined to take the stairs at work, go for a walk with your family on the weekends and choose the protein-based grilled chicken salad vs. the fried chicken for lunch. It’s not an excruciating choice, it’s a plan—an overall lifestyle which will help you achieve your long-term health goals.
Follow the “Who? What? Where?” rule when dining out
One of the easiest ways to break your healthy routine is by going out to lunch. You’re in the middle of your stressful day, usually on a time crunch and need to order food, fast. The Who? What? Where? rule is an easy way to remember how to plan your client lunch or lunch date.
Before you accept or request a lunch, assess who you’re going with. If you know your co-worker eats fast food everyday, maybe that’s not the co-worker you want to go to lunch with. Ask yourself what you’re going to be doing. Sometimes business lunches get scheduled for you and you have to go. In that case, look up the menu ahead of time and try and pre-plan what to order. It will save you precious face time with your client and you’ve got a better chance at choosing something healthful.
If given the option to choose where to go for lunch, choose a restaurant that promotes healthy eating. If you know you have a week spot for hamburgers, don’t go to a restaurant that serves delicious steakhouse hamburgers.
If you follow the Who? What? Where? rule, you’ll have better success with staying on track.
The end-of-day diet breaker
It’s inevitable. It’s the end of a hard work day, the kids are asleep and all you want to do is curl up with a pint of Chunky Monkey ice cream while watching re-runs of The Real Housewives.
Resist the urge!
While it’s tough to prevent snacking at night, a few handfuls of healthy popcorn or a warm beverage like decaf tea can help calm you and will be a more healthful option before bed.
Spending the weekend together as a family is a great way to create a healthy lifestyle. Instead of going to the movies or staying home to play video games, head to the park and run around with your kids. Find a local walking trail and go for an exploratory hike. Even walking around a local museum or exhibit is better than sitting on a couch all day.
A healthy activity promotes good health and also creates family bonding time.