As a follow-up from my last post, I continue to hear from leaders about the struggle to stay healthy with the demands of leadership. I know I struggle with this also and want to explore with you options that work and are actionable even with the schedule of leadership. Too often we are sitting in meetings way too much, grabbing unhealthy foods between meetings, not getting enough sleep, and we know we need help but aren’t sure where to start.
“Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Today we are going to explore tips to eat healthier in the midst of our crazy schedules:
- Drink Water
This is probably the easiest healthy tip to add into your lifestyle but its importance shouldn’t be understated. The benefits of drinking water are endless — healthy looking skin, healthy bones and muscles, and a healthy digestive system, according to WebMD. These factors, plus the obvious factor that it keeps you HYDRATED and feeling great, are essential reasons to find a water bottle you like and fill it up several times a day. Keep water with you all the time and you will be surprised at how much you will drink.
- Healthy Foods
I recently heard a nutritionist describe eating food as either: eating for fuel or eating for fun. Eating for fuel means that you’re making healthy, wise choices in what you put in your body — fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins and healthy oils/fats. Eating for fun means that you know the food choices you are making aren’t the best thing you could be putting in your body. This is a good way of thinking about healthy eating. I try to keep fruit, nuts, and other healthy snacks in my purse, at my desk, and in my car. Empty your cabinets of all unhealthy snacks, shop only in the outside isles of your grocery store, and keep fresh vegetables and fruits available.
- Simple technology tools to help
There are a myriad of tools that you can use to help you with your healthier-living lifestyle — from meal tracking and fitness apps to online meal planning services. Here are a few that I really like:
- The Fast Metabolism app + book: I love this app and this plan is my favorite. It is an easy plan, it gives you energy, and it helps you maintain your weight.
- MyFitness Pal: This free activity and calorie counter mobile app is available for iPhone and Android and integrates with many other technology tools like a Fitbit activity tracker.
- eMealz: An online meal planning service that provides weekly recipes and grocery lists. This service is perfect for the busy go-getter because it takes all the planning and stress out of mealtime. They have a wide variety of plans that you can choose from to suit your dieting or healthy-eating needs —Paleo, diabetic, 30-minute meals, slow cooker or kid friendly meal plans are just a few of the many choices.
- Find a plan that works for you
There are so many different healthy-living plans and options that are available to you, depending on what your goals are. Here are a few tried-and-true plans that I have either used myself or they come highly recommended:
Your organization needs you to be a healthy leader. Your family needs you to be healthy. In whatever season of life you are in, you want to be healthy to steward well your time, energy, and resources. I have three small grandchildren under 5! They are keeping me busy and I love every minute of it. My health has become a new priority for me. But above all, I want to honor God with my life.
What are some healthy eating plans you are using? How do you work this plan within your schedule as a leader? What is most difficult? I look forward to hearing from you.