Working in a healthcare environment can wreak havoc on your overall healthy lifestyle. Long hours or being on your feet all day can have an impact on everything you do, including food choices. Unhealthy eating, even in a healthcare environment, is prevalent but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some healthier alternatives to your daily salt or sugar snacks.
At your Desk
Raise your hand if chips or chocolate from the vending machine are your go-to snack during the day. Or maybe you drink more coffee or soda than you drink water. Here are some alternatives to keep at your desk to reach for instead.
- Dried or canned fruit
- Juice boxes
- Rice cakes
- Granola bars
- Peanut butter
In the Lunch or Break Room
While your inclination may be to leave the office for your lunch hour, daily fast food is not helping your overall quality of life. Bring your own food, even if you leave the office to eat it. Pack a brown paper bag with these goodies, and don’t forget to put your name on it.
- Bran muffins
- Cottage cheese
- Fresh fruit
- Raw vegetables
- Salad greens with light dressing
Even healthcare workers need to have the occasional meetings. Your employer may cater food for organizational meetings, but they don’t usually keep healthy options at the top of their mind. You can bring your own if you’re not sure what the event will have to offer. Here are some better choices.
- Small muffins
- Cheese and crackers
Many employers want to encourage healthy lifestyles for their staff. If you are in a company with this mindset, take advantage of it. But if your company hasn’t made these changes yet, don’t hesitate to make your own path and stick to it.
A healthy lifestyle also needs more than different food choices. You will want to add some exercise into your daily routine. If you’re in a position where you might be on your feet most of the day, you’ll certainly get your steps in. But making time for a daily workout will also help your body maintain the right levels of energy throughout the day, making your healthy food choices last longer.
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