Are you worried that healthcare work might not be good for your health? Sadly, nurses and other healthcare professionals often struggle to maintain healthy eating habits. Since better nutrition means better health, your choices at meal and snack times can lead to a better you. Here’s how to get started.
Long hours and stressful shifts make it tempting to reach for whatever snack is near at hand. In a hospital, that often means a visit to a vending machine. Even if your facility has a full-service cafeteria, you may too often find yourself choosing less healthy options when your workday has been difficult. Instead, prepare ahead and bring appealing, healthy foods from home. If you do, it will be easier to fight your cravings.
The ABC’s of Healthy Eating – Always Be Crunching
No, we’re not pointing you toward the potato chip aisle. Crunchy fruits and vegetables (like apples, carrots, or celery) generally have a low caloric density. This means that you can eat relatively large quantities without negatively affecting your health or weight. Providing an alternative to overly salty, fatty, and sweet snacks, these healthy options will fill you up while satisfying your need to snack at work.
Obey Your Own Nutrition Tips
Healthcare workers are well educated about nutrition. In fact, you may spend much of your day teaching your patients about healthy living. But, do you practice what you preach? When we feel swamped at work, sometimes we rationalize choosing an option that we know isn’t good for us, perhaps telling ourselves that we need energy and we need it STAT! It’s important to remember, however, that healthy living will give you more energy in the long run.
Cook (and Eat) What You Love
There is one fundamental rule of healthy eating: if you don’t love your diet, you’re going to cheat. On the other hand, if you prepare healthy foods that are actually appealing to you, you won’t be tempted to give up. After all, it’s better to make small compromises than to throw your diet out altogether.
By nature, healthcare work is hard on your body. Why make things more difficult by choosing a job you don’t love? At HireCare, we put your job satisfaction first. No matter what your specialty, we can help you find an allied health position that meets your needs. Contact us today to learn more about our services.