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Food Ruts Recommended

Polly Pitchford - Friday, May 23, 2014

“Eat a wide variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and lean proteins daily for optimum health. “ We’ve all heard this before and understand that this is the best way to eat…but realistically maybe 1% of the population practices this everyday!  It’s especially challenging for people with full time jobs.

As a motivational speaker on health and wellness, I’m always looking for ways to make living a healthier lifestyle more realistic for the working population.  “Not enough time” is the most common hurdle so I make it a point to interview busy people (if they can spare 5 minutes)  and find out what works, what doesn’t, where they triumph, and where they fail in terms of eating healthy during their work week.

One such insightful interview happened with a long time friend who has always focused on eating healthy.  In fact, she introduced me to sprouts and sunflower seeds way back in the early 80’s when we were roommates!  Patti is a very successful personal trainer who packs her schedule, 6 days a week during season, with driving to her client’s homes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on some nights!  Her secret to staying nourished during these long, busy days? Be boring.  Prepare the same basic structure of meals and snacks every day so the planning and packing of it becomes easy to do.  Dinners and days off are where she gets creative and varies the food.  Brilliant!  Here is Patti’s workday formula:

BREAKFAST - Either – Bowl of high fiber cereal with fresh fruit and skim milk. Or – Fruit smoothie with scoop of protein powder and scoop of powdered greens.

LUNCH- Sandwich – Either – Organic chicken slices on Ezekial muffin, lightly toasted with  lettuce, sliced cucumber, mustard. (sometimes avocado) Or – Same sandwich set up with Tuna instead

FRUIT - Always: 1 Orange, peeled and sectioned for easy access

"STICKS" – Any 2: celery, carrots, cukes, yellow pepper, grape tomatoes

CAR SNACK - Skinny Pop popcorn 

That’s it.  Same Either/Or 6 days a week.  Healthy. Easy. Delicious. Energy sustaining.  Some might call it boring but I call it a brilliant strategy for a very busy work schedule. Give it a try.  Stock up on your short list of healthy go-tos and I’ll bet you will be more successful at staying on track towards better health!


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