I recently worked with a client who had a busy job. She was in a service industry,
the place was understaffed, she was rushed off her feet all day and found she barely had
time to eat. She lived on coffee, the occasional biscuit and the high fat, high sugar food
available from the vending machine.
While she knew this wasn't ideal, the
situation wasn't going to change in the short term. Knowing better food would help her
energy levels, mood and general health, she wanted help.
For some people work
can be so busy it doesn't leave space for the kind of optimal eating nutritionists usually
talk about. While this isn't ideal and I could lecture clients on work-life balance,
saying no and putting themselves first, sometimes that isn't helpful. Sometimes,
in the short term, you just need strategies to improve the current situation
this is you, then forget the standard daily structure of breakfast, lunch and dinner, with
snacks in between and instead try to eat small amounts of good quality food, at regular
intervals. This may prove an easier way to fit food in, between clients and other work,
while also providing you with good quality nutrition.
My 5 tips
for eating well when you don't have a lunch break:
yourself a small cooler bag or a large lunch box, so you can take everything with you to
work. You can't rely on good food being accessible while you're at work, so you need to
take it with you.
- Make a list of portable, no-prep foods, which you
like and are easy to eat. Buy these foods during your weekly shop.
for a variety of foods. While crackers are easy to eat, it's not wise to just eat them all
day. So aim to buy foods from different food groups, including vegetables. By varying your
sources you'll be improving the way you eat.
- Each evening, pack your
lunch box with a selection of portable foods.
- During the day try to
eat something from your food supply every few hours.
Eating well when
you're time poor is tricky, especially if there's little space in your day. However, it's
not impossible. By changing the way you approach your meals and sticking with easy-to-eat
foods which are high in nutrients, you'll be taking better care of yourself.