6 Ways To Eat Healthier As A Writer
Nurses may have the least healthy diets of anyone on the planet. My very first job in the recovery room afforded me a ‘leisurely’ 15 minutes to eat lunch. I didn’t even bother to sit down; I stood and stuffed my gob as fast as I could, and then got back to my patients.
Working from home as a nurse writer takes you out of the frenetic healthcare environment and gives you control over your dietary choices. Yet some writers still fuel themselves by keeping a stash of candy in their desk drawer.
Don’t be those writers.
How To Trick Yourself Into Eating Healthy
- Don’t bring junk into the house. When I shop I bypass the junk food aisles altogether. You will (almost) never find potato chips, bags of candy or soda in my kitchen. If it’s not available, you can’t choose to eat it.
- Employ out-of-sight-out-of-mind rules. If your family members holler when the junk food goes away, tell them they can continue to enjoy it — but only out of your sight. That means stashing it in their bedrooms or in other places where you won’t see it and start drooling.
- Keep food out of your office. In my home, the kitchen is downstairs and on the opposite side of the house from my office. If I want food, I have to work for it. I can’t tell you how many times I decide it’s just not worth that extra trip to the kitchen when I’ll be eating a real meal soon anyway.
- Eat several small meals a day. I currently do a high-intensity fitness program, so I consume five 400-calorie meals a day. I aim to eat every 3-4 hours. You may only need to eat four 400-calorie meals. Or maybe you want to eat five 300-calorie meals. No matter how you approach this, you’ll be surprised at how little you crave junk food when you’re fueling your metabolism constantly.
- Make sure each small meal is balanced. The rule isn’t “consume 400 calories of any kind several times a day.” Each of my small meals generally contains a protein, a carb and some healthy fat. A typical meal for me might be roasted chicken, a small salad, a slice of whole grain bread and a cup of fruit. This balanced approach keeps your blood sugar stable, which damps down cravings.
- Drink water instead of snacking. You probably realize thirst often masquerades as hunger. So if you feel snacky, try drinking some H2O first. I’ll bet you share this experience: When I practiced clinical nursing I was always dehydrated because I never had time to take a swallow from my water bottle. Today I consider it a decadent luxury to be able to sip water all day long.
The freelance lifestyle takes a lot more stamina than some people think. And your brain needs high-quality calories to crank out that luscious prose you want to be known for writing. So put these tips to work to keep your energy up and your neurons firing.
Wishing you well.