Healthy Diet and Hydration
A diet rich in healthy, nutrient-rich foods fuels not just our body, but our mind. Snacks and meals that are balanced with whole grains, vegetables, fruits, healthy carbohydrates, and protein are key. Drinking water and non-diuretic fluids throughout the day is also essential. Diets that are higher in sugar, sodium, caffeine, and unhealthy carbohydrates create “crashes” that can increase stress and inhibit recovery by causing sleep problems, low energy. and headaches. A good time to think about healthy eating is when you do your shopping! Keeping your cupboards stocked with healthy foods decreases the chances you’ll reach for something less healthy. It’s easier to walk away from the chips in the grocery store aisle than it is to resist them as a late-night snack!
It’s also important to have structure and routine around your eating habits, as becoming overly hungry or dehydrated has a direct impact on mood, and can lead to more impulsive (and not always healthy) decisions. When you’re on the go, carry healthy snack alternatives to ensure you don’t go long periods of time without eating, even if there isn’t time for a sit-down meal. Nuts, dried fruits, yogurt packs, cubed cheese, and hard-boiled eggs are healthy alternatives. Carry a bottle of water with you as well; if you aren’t a fan of plain water add a slice of fruit or other healthy flavoring to increase the odds you will drink throughout the day.