In this 24/7 world that we live in, it seems like everyone is working later and longer hours and perhaps, more than one job. With only so many hours in the day, where exactly do you find the time for work-life balance?
One of our ambassadors, Guillaume (@G22Workout) is one of those people who used to get up at 4 in the morning for work. Besides exercising regularly, Guillaume found sticking to his meal plan was the answer to staying healthy on the job. This is just one of the delicious spreads he has shared with us:
Somewhere in the world right now, someone is working the night shift. Whether it’s the late-night shift at the hospital or the OMG! That’s Early Shift at the gym, working nights can play havoc with your health.
Because shift work interrupts the natural order of the day, it is important that you shift your natural order of doing things too. For instance, if you start work at 7 or so in the evening, start your working ‘day’ with a large sit-down meal with the family. This will fuel you up until break time and give you quality time with the kids.
Families who eat together actually eat healthier
and more well-balanced meals
Finding work-life balance can be a challenge, especially when it comes to your nutrition. Most people follow the advice given by dietitians about what to eat and what not to eat on the night shift. It’s the same advice for everyone really:
What to Eat and Not to Eat on the Job
- Avoid high-fat, high-carb, high-sugar foods
- Eat only healthy snacks
- Avoid too much caffeine
- Avoid alcohol
Sticking to several smaller portions for each meal break will keep you safe from the crash that follows from starchy, sugary foods, and will help sustain you throughout the night. Eating larger portions will only make you feel sleepy and sluggish, while smaller portions will keep you nourished and alert. Notice the portion sizes of Guillaume’s meal plan – light but nutrient-dense foods. That’s what you want.
When it comes to work-life balance, sometimes it’s harder to stay on track when you work nights or long shifts. But we hear from a lot of people like nurses and hospital workers, flight attendants, people who work in manufacturing, and the fitness industry like personal trainers and gym owners, and they all agree that having a meal prep bag like the Box and planning ahead of time helps keep them on track and healthy on the job.
If you want some of @G22Workout’s recipes, you’ll have to stay tuned. He’s promised to share some tasty treats with us in an upcoming blog post. 😉
Sport Your Lifestyle
The Fitmark Team