It is not about working harder... it is about working smarter. I do not love the emphasis around working 10-16 hour days 5-7 days a week. It affects all areas of health as the weeks turn into months turn into years. As a busy professional you want to be as productive yourself as well as your employees.
Here are a few statistics from an article by Aleksandar Dimovski(1) :
The numbers are staggering ... no wonder some employers push their employees to work longer days .. they may get a full 4 hours out of them!
There are many reasons why a working professional would not work to their full potential :
As a busy professional stress is definitely part of the week. In my opinion it is not about finding a life that has no stress... it is all about understanding stress management and what that means for you. Stress management is extremely important for the busy professional as it determines mood, productivity, energy and confidence.
Did you know stress management can begin with your food choices? Once you have the knowledge on WHAT you should be choosing this will change your outlook on so many meals! Certain food can increase certain chemicals in the body to promote stress management:
- Boost levels of serotonin (calming brain chemical)
- Decrease levels of cortisol and adrenaline (your stress hormones)
Here are my top choices for stress management food choices for the busy professional:
1. Whole grains such as RICE, QUINOA and OATMEAL. Did you know that all carbohydrates tell the...
Inspired by Mind Body Green(1)
Dairy is a food group that many of us a lot in our diet. However, did you know that American dairy causes harmful inflammation to the body, preventing proper nutrition absorption or fat loss from occurring, and for some people causing energy crashes? These are only a few side effects that affects so much of the American population.
Why are so many people sensitive? Two reasons. Number 1: It’s because of the sugars in milk, better known as lactose! The sugar in general is inflammatory but many people do not have enough of the enzyme lactase to break down lactose into an absorbable form. After the age of 4 our bodies naturally get rid of lactase as it is an age where the majority of kids have stopped breastfeeding for a while.
Number 2: the processing and pasteurization process creates a safer, yet refined (processed) version, that of which the body can...
There is nothing more frustrating than when your healthy intentions stop showing the progress you want to see - specifically weight loss plateauing.
Weight loss plateaus are extremely common - no, they are part of every health journey out there. It is not a bad thing - it is your body telling you that something needs to change, shift or be removed.
I have come up with the top 3 reasons why you may experience weight loss plateaus - from all of my clients who are busy professionals / entrepreneurs I have noticed many of the same occurrences. Once cleared up or shifted the body continues to transform in a healthy manner.
1. You are not eating enough - when moving towards more nutrient dense choices (whole fruits, veggies, nuts, proteins etc.) you will find the overall calories consumed in a day is naturally...
When you need nourishment, but quick and easy execution because you have little time for lunch prep - this is the ultimate salad for you. Let's talk salad first... it is very common for an individual to think of a salad as eating greens with a little dressing. While this would be extremely quick to whip up it is also depressing and not nutritionally dense! You will be hungry moments down the road which will throw off your concentration, energy and productivity. You cannot afford that as a busy professional.
Let's do salads right! Salads are a beautiful way to kick up your vegetable intake, healthy fats and protein intake as well! I will let you in on all the tips and tricks : how to make the most nutritious and delicious salads every time!
How to Assemble the Ultimate Salad for Busy People:
1. Always start with a GREEN base
This can be kale, spinach, romaine or broccoli. Green vegetables contain chlorophyll, a multitude of vitamins...
Weight Loss Without Dieting:
The thing I hate most about the wellness industry is the millions of products, programs and people who express the way to lose weight is through dieting. The promise of losing a ton of weight in a short amount of time - sometimes expressing that it can be done while eating junk food and not lifting a finger!
It's terrible to see people all over the world (including myself at one point) fall for these quick fixes, just to be right back where we started a few months down the road. Obviously the promise of easy, quick weight loss is attractive - but it is not sustainable or the reality. Making the wellness industry a trillion dollar industry.
Weight loss without dieting - now that is how we should all think. See, the other problem with diets is we never get to the root of the issue. Why are we struggling with our weight in the first place. Is it even necessary to focus on weight loss or are we being driven by society thoughts. I...
3 Unhealthy Habits to AVOID when Working from Home :
Working from home has been a new normal for so many of us - and may continue to be a normal for years to come! Did you know about 30% of Canadians are working from home since the start of the pandemic? At first the thought of not having to wake up so early to get all made up, then drive in the rush hour traffic only to remember that you have forgotten your lunch on the counter, sounds pretty amazing!
However, the grass is not always greener on the other side. We really do not appreciate the routine that working from an office gives us! There have been many reports on unhealthy habits that people working from home are adapting - and it is not helping with work productivity or mental health.
I want to outline 3 unhealthy habits to avoid when working from home. Ones that really affected my own progress the first few months of transitioning to the working from home life! Can you guess what they are:
Here are my top 3 Healthy Habits to Start at the Office Today!
Getting back into that office work routine, after having to leave that environment for months, can be challenging especially when you have established a working from home routine. The office is a place that we spend a lot of our time, especially those of us who work more than the 40 hour typical work week. It is so important to focus on a healthy routine for the office so that the environment can support a healthy, happy you.
Many of us let the day get away, and find that the week flies by. So by the end of a work week we are exhausted, feel defeated and start to work for the weekends. This does not have to be you!
There are 3 healthy habits that I follow to on a daily basis when I am in the office. The routine really supports my ongoing energy, productivity and confidence that I need to be successful every day at the office! And you can start them today:
3 Healthy Habits to Start at the...
Here's the thing:
Snacks can make or break your day. They have the ability from preventing or cause sugar or energy crashes throughout the day, support productivity or prolong a days work. So I am introducing: Easy Snacks for the Busy Professional
Did you know that the top 3 snacks at the busy professional's office are
3. Cheese (and not the great kinds)
Snacks that are calorie dense, high sugars or high carbs - all foods that will give you a BURST of energy then a crash shortly after. Most of the time we are looking for the same type of snack an hour later and the cycle continues.
As a busy professional, you want to be productive at work. You want to have enough energy to go in and out of meetings, to be present when talking to colleagues and to have the confidence that each day you are giving your best.
These easy to execute snacks will support your body's energy so that you will obtain that productivity and confidence...
As an entrepreneur the work NEVER stops. Partially this is due to my brain always wanting to develop more, see more, connect more and see the success that I have already envisioned.
The connection between health and my success is something that I can't even joke about. It is AMAZING what I can accomplish when I fuel myself properly, get good sleep and stay hydrated. It got me thinking...
Was this connection just me ? Or is there some correlative science to this success. To my suprise numerous studies have been done connecting health to productivity to $$$.
The way I see it is the body is AMAZING. You can treat it however you like and you may be able to accomplish certain goals each month/ year. So what happens when you LEVEL UP your health? The sky's the limit.
Studies have shown that when health is made a priority in the workplace: "health-related productivity costs were more than four times greater than medical and pharmacy costs"(1)