What do you do when your nutritional willpower doesn’t coincide with the demands of your chosen profession?
Proverbs 19:20, “Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.”
Some of the toughest eating challenges I encountered was when I was employed in the public relations field. There were times when I’d sit down for lunch and an unexpected phone call or guest took precedence. Or I was driving to meetings and ran into traffic delays. I was leading an unstructured work schedule. No normal 9-5 lifestyle! I enjoyed the diversity but it was tough to remain healthy, eat right and stay disciplined. Sometimes circumstances intruded and I found myself wolfing down a fast food burger on the run or became susceptible to tempting foods such as donuts or cookies in an office lobby.
I’m not discussing a willfully, undisciplined life. I’m speaking of employees whose jobs are modified each day. Those which might have you eating on the run if you’re lucky – skipping meals if you’re not! Major examples of these positions are; Realtors, police officers, firemen, medical doctors, nurses, repairmen or delivery positions which might find one running behind schedule due to an emergency or traffic. In other words I’m speaking of any position which doesn’t run on a typical time clock. Any emergency, phone call or unexpected surprise means disruption in routine.
Do you catch yourself skipping meals for the sake of the business? Don’t! No one is indispensable – don’t allow a job to destroy your health! Eating in the car? Just too dangerous! Grabbing a candy bar to get you through? Empty calories = cranky employee. All of these situations are normal and could happen. So what do you do if that’s typically your way of life? You can’t quit your job, that’s not an option in this economy.
The secret to overcoming the challenge of an unstructured eating lifestyle is to anticipate that it could happen. Be prepared: Always carry a small snack for unexpected interruptions, such as:
- a thermos for hot soups or cold drinks
- a small cooler which can be filled with ice and used in emergencies
- a box of raisins or dried fruit for quick energy
- homemade trail mix
- peanut butter in a small container to spread on whole wheat crackers or celery sticks
- a bag of pretzels
- good quality protein bar
- walnuts or low-sodium nuts
- pumpkin or sunflower seeds
- an apple, banana, berries or other fresh fruit
- If you’re near a fridge, stock it with grapes, carrot sticks, Laughing Cow cheese or an extra yogurt you can grab on the run.
Develop your own ideas! You’re not powerless simply due to circumstances! Check out the many wonderful WordPress food blogs with great snack and lunch recipe suggestions. I urge those who would like to add a link to do so. Don’t become a victim, overpower challenging obstacles!
Proverbs 8:14, “Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power”