Feeding the Soul

Feeding the soul

Feeding the Soul

We all know the old adage, “You are what you eat.” How many times did you hear that growing up? Or even still to this day? Now, while I think we are well aware that eating that double bacon cheeseburger will not turn you into the picture below; what if I told you there might be more truth behind that saying than you originally thought?

You are what you eatAs Americans, we do everything bigger and faster; unfortunately our meals have fallen into this category as well. A quick slice (or 2) on the go, those 3 daily trips to Starbucks for your venti double espresso, Chinese takeout for a late night at the office…what are the implications of these seemingly innocuous conveniences?

As we learned from the famous story of the tortoise and the hare, faster does not necessarily equal better. All this mindless eating and drinking has an effect on you, and I’m not just talking about your waistline! Studies have shown that eating and drinking processed, sodium and sugar laden foods and beverages can leave you feeling sluggish, irritable and downright horrible.

Here are a few quick & easy steps to help you be more mindful about what you are putting into your body; nourishing your body & soul from the inside-out:

1. PREPARE:

Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail! Just like you wouldn’t go into a big meeting without thinking ahead and writing up notes and questions; why go into your day without a plan? Bringing breakfast or lunch (or both!) to work along with a few healthy snacks can ensure you make good decisions! (Tip: Grocery shop on weekends when you have a free minute and prepare meals on Sunday night for the week!)

2. STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER:

When we eat in front of the TV or computer we often tend to over-consume. It is easy to absentmindedly keep shoveling those French fries into your mouth as you’re typing an email or working on that brief that needs to be done by the end of the day. Take some time (15-20 minutes at the very least won’t kill you!) to step away from your desk and actually enjoy your lunch. Being mindful of what you are putting into your body can help you to eat slower, and notice when you are full more quickly.

Healthy snacks at work

3. SNACK:

Healthy snacks at workYes, I said it… SNACK! Now I’m not saying go visit that Mister Softee truck daily when you hit that 3 o’clock slump, however, it is important to nourish the body throughout the day. When we ignore those hunger cues (rumbling stomach anyone?) we tend to make poor choices later on, like grabbing chocolates from our coworker’s candy jar or overeating at dinner. Pack a few nutritious snacks that will help keep you satiated between meals (think an apple and peanut butter, carrots and hummus, even a small bag of popcorn.)

4. HYDRATE:

I cannot stress this enough! Water is your best friend… or at least it should be! All too often we eat because we think we are hungry, when in reality we are dehydrated. Water helps to flush out toxins, keep our blood viscous and actually can make our skin glow and make us look more awake! Keep a reusable water bottle at your desk and make it a point to fill it first thing in the morning then continuously throughout the day. Put reminders in your work calendar that will pop up on your screen every so often reminding you to drink!

5. BE MINDFUL:

Are you really hungry or is it just a slow day and you have nothing else to do? As your hand reaches for that cookie left over from your lunch meeting, stop and think.:“Am I actually hungry or just bored?” Being present and actually thinking about what you are putting into your system could help you stop mindless grazing between meals.

Sticking with these 5 simple tips can help you get back on track and allow you to be your best self; personally and professionally.

“A healthy outside starts from the inside”- Robert Urich

Authored by:  Tracey B. Weiss, LCSW