A workplace fuelled by sleep deprivation.
A jolt of caffeine. A spike of blood sugar.
The current model of success involves driving ourselves into the ground. Surviving on a few hours of sleep each night, hitting the gym before the sun is up and working in front of a computer until it goes down again.
How healthy are your work habits? Or should I say – how healthy are your life habits?
At the end of the day the most important thing is our health – we don’t want to damage it in the pursuit of success but many often do. If you ask someone why they got sick they will often answer ‘I was rundown’ not ‘I was stressed, exhausted, spent too long at work and not enough time taking care of myself’ and then they got a virus/chronic fatigue/cancer/heart disease/diabetes’ etc.
I have made a promise to myself that I will give myself the best chance of survival and
MAKE ME A PRIORITY.
Tips for regaining your health
1. Sleep your way to the top. I mean this in the literal sense, you need to be getting 8-10 hours of sleep per night to ensure you are functioning at your optimum levels. Getting adequate amounts of sleep leads me on to point number 2.
2. Nourish yourself. By getting a good amount of sleep you are more likely to be in control of what fuel your putting into your body. Instead of focusing on your ‘diet’, focus on making the right decisions and fuelling your body with a good balance of organic fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, easy to digest grains and protein. You wouldn’t put cheap unleaded petrol in an Aston Martin so don’t put cheap fuel in your body.
3. Unplug. Put your phone away for a few hours a day. I read somewhere that the average person checks their phones every 6 and a half minutes which works out to about 150 times a day…how embarrassing!
4. Do a deed for a friend in need. Helping others is one of the easiest ways to feel better. Offer to make a work colleague a tea, hold a door open for a stranger or simply ask ‘are you okay?’ I promise you will never feel bad after doing a friend a favour.
5. Get organised. Fail to prepare or Prepare to Fail. This may be as small as keeping some nuts at your desk or as big as scheduling your day in 10 minute intervals. Do what works best for you. For me this means Sunday nights are spent making sure all my washing is done, my bed has fresh sheets and all my bananas are frozen for my green smoothies (another way I prepare to ensure I am getting in my alkalising greens).
6. Last but not least – incidental exercise. This has literally been a lifesaver since my days have been thrown into chaos. Taking the 4 flights of stairs at the train station and walking to work has become a daily ritual I don’t want to miss. Getting out at lunchtime and walking 10 minutes to buy a juice means I am walking for 40 minutes a day (10+10+10+10) without realising…then I can just sneak in a few squats while waiting for the kettle to boil for my tea. Don’t judge – it works.
Time Saving Parfait for Busy People
Parfait literally translates to “perfect” in French and these little jars of goodness are the perfect solution to staying healthy and enjoying a nutritious treat on the go. I prepare these the night before so they are ready to go in the morning for breakfast, a snack or a light lunch.
How to create the Perfect-Parfait?
It’s all about including all of your favourite things
My favourite ideas are:
– Coyo (Coconut Yoghurt) but if you consume dairy greek or organic yoghurt is perfect.
– Fruit – strawberries, mango, passionfruit, kiwi fruit and frozen berries are my fav (throw the frozen raspberries in the night before and the juices release overnight when it sits in your fridge – delish)
– Nuts, Cacao Nibs or Coconut Flakes (to add a bit of extra crunch)
– Oats, granola (see my granola recipes under the ‘Recipe’ section) or buckinis
– A dollop of Vegan Nutella (look up the Vegan Teahouse or make the Sara Wilson “I Quit Sugar” Sugar free ‘Nutella’)
*My main advice is find out your favourite combinations and layer the fruit, yoghurt and other crunchy ingredients separately. Below are some snaps of my favourite combos.
Strawberries, Chocolate Buckinis, Flaked Coconut, Coyo & The Vegan Teahouse Nutella