By Kimberly Millares, RD
Nutrition Support Supervisor
The end of summer can be a hectic time – going back to school, getting started on new projects, or realizing you may have let your diet go a bit during the summer can all bring some stress. In the hustle and bustle in the beginning of fall, it can be easy to get caught up in everything that is going on and let stress get the best of you.
It’s important to take some time to step back and plan ahead for the hectic rush associated with the start of fall. The start of fall means getting back into a routine, whereas summer may have been more laid back. This is especially true for students and parents of young children going back to school! Mornings can be especially hectic, so be sure to start off with a healthy breakfast each day.
A balanced breakfast should include complex carbs, lean protein and a bit of healthy fat. This can be as simple as a bowl of whole grain cereal and low fat milk sprinkled with a handful of nuts and dried fruit, or you can cook yourself up an egg white and cheese omelet with a side of toast and fresh fruit.
Of course, sometimes it just seems there is so much to get done that preparing three meals a day is just not possible. Rather than succumb to skipping meals or buying fast food more often than you would like (both of which can hinder weight loss efforts), try eDiets Fresh Prepared Meal Delivery Plan, which offers convenience without sacrificing nutrition!
With this plan, you receive three meals and a snack daily, and you just need to add a few servings of fruit and nonfat dairy each day. The meals arrive fresh to your door and just need to be heated a couple of minutes — now that’s a perfect way to take some of the stress out of your day!
In addition to diet and physical activity, it’s important to take some time to unwind as well. It can be easy to get lost in your thoughts and feel overwhelmed with a busy schedule. Take some time at the end of each day to acknowledge your accomplishments for the day, no matter what they are. Whether it was that you made sure to include vegetables at most of your meals, preparing a nutritious dinner for the family or being there for a co-worker going through a tough time.
You can also use this time to plan ahead for the next day. When you set aside some time to do this, you’re less likely to worry needlessly later about what needs to get done the next day. Just getting it all down on paper is a good way to organize your thoughts and can help you de-stress.
Taking care of your body and mind go hand in hand, so remember to make time for both. When you take the time and effort to care for yourself, it is much easier to care for others as well.