It's tough taking care of yourself when you sit in a car for 40 to 70 hours a week. If a person does not take preventative measures now, this unhealthy behavior can eventually catch up to them. I believe there are three primary things we can do to overall better our health and live a happier, more productive life.
Our body needs:
These three needs are easily overlooked when one is stressed and tired from working. We don't realize that not handling business in these departments actually makes everything else much more difficult. There is no shortcut when it comes to taking care of the body. Energy drinks, caffeine, and supplements are quick fixes for now, but will only bring greater problems in the long run.
I want to share with you my favorite way to eat healthy for an affordable price, while still getting the proper nutrition that my body needs. What's more, is that it doesn't have to take much time and you will get some exercise while you are at it.
I like to go to several markets around my town. There are various grocers, of different types in any given city. You can almost always guarantee there is one relatively close by no matter where you are. I find that in twenty minutes I’m able to stop and eat a healthy meal for $5.
One of my favorite things to do is to get a sandwich from the deli counter. Now if you are at Whole Foods you might pay $7 for the same sandwich you would find at a deli counter, but even Whole Foods can feed you for around a few bucks. While I'm shopping there, I might get an orange, a high protein yogurt and then have a few cups of free water. Total bill sometimes is only $2, and that's organic! Throw in a pastry from the bakery if you want, and you're still under $5. If it's a little cold outside I'll have a bowl of soup. The point is, if you're at a grocery store the options are endless!
Trader Joe's has loads of pre packaged foods for $5 and under. Often I’ll grab a free sample of coffee while I’m there. A little coffee is good for you they say, right? . Not so much consuming an entire pot of coffee a day, or two Frappuccinos, however. That would have a very adverse effect on your health and would heavily disrupt your sleep patterns.
How about the chicken caesar salad available at the costco food court for $4? No membership required. If you have a membership, take a lap around the store while you are there for the samples.
Be careful to avoid eating heavy meals which are digestive challenges. Large portions of heavy foods will us slow down and deplete our energy. Ever wonder why we feel lethargic and desire a nap shortly after consuming a heavy meal? Digestion can be like running a hard race for our bodies. Don’t believe me? Take your pulse before you eat. Then take it again twenty minutes after. If you go to Costco and spend $4 on a giant piece of pizza, or a hot dog and further consume unlimited soda, you might think you are getting a good deal, but I can guarantee you won’t be feeling as good twenty minutes later as if you had chosen the caesar salad and water.
These ideas for nourishment are for drivers on the go. Perhaps the best option for eating on a budget is to bring prepared prior to hitting the road. Make some sandwiches, wraps, or bring along homemade meals packed in Tupperware containers. Also fruits and nuts are excellent options for healthy snacking on the road. Always have some water to stay hydrated. Take a break to get out of the car and stretch the legs, take in some sun if possible, and take some time to get a mental break from the road. There is a reason why meals are legally mandated breaks in the work day. Nutrition is an important source for our mood, energy, and well being.
What kind of foods do you eat while on the road? Please share your ways of staying healthy, or not , in the comments below.