Are You Fit For Business?
By Michael Arnot, 28 May 2015
In between dashing from client to meeting, juggling home life, answering emails and try to grow your business, being healthy can be challenging at times.
As business owners and entrepreneurs, we spend so much time and energy on our business, we have the potential to find ourselves and our health and fitness at the bottom of the pile.
But if we want to have amazing mental clarity, avoid stress and sick days and spring out of bed everyday bursting with energy then our own health and fitness needs to work it's way up our all-important to-do list!
In the exact same way we write a plan for our business in order to reach our growth/financial goals, we need to make have a health and fitness plan, stay goal-focused and who true commitment.
It is an absolute must that we start the day with a nutrient dense breakfast, and start the day as we mean to go on. Perfect breakfasts of choice include:
- 2 egg omelette with peppers/spinach/watercress/tomato/banana and cinnamon.
- Power shake including coconut milk, frozen berries, spinach, hemp protein powder, flax meal, cinnamon and ginger.
- Soft boiled ‘dippy’ eggs with tender stem broccoli and asparagus either steamed or stir fried to dip in.
Each of these options are quick to make, can even be made in advance the night before and are great sources of fuel to keep us going throughout the mornings meetings.
When it comes to lunch we may be on the go, traveling between clients or even just in a rush to eat so we can get on with other tasks we need to complete such as phone calls and emails.
Salads, roasted vegetables, boiled eggs, nuts, roast chicken and rice noodles are all great lunch options that can be eaten on the run and even mixed together to create new variations.
Then we come to evening meal. There is nothing worse than getting in from a hard day at work, feeling super hungry and having to wait to eat (during this time the ability to resist temptation to ‘pick’ and avoid poor choices is low). So the ideal situation is for you to walk through the door to the smell of a nutritious meal that is ready instantly, right?
The solution...a slow cooker! While preparing your breakfast, simply take 5 minutes to throw your ingredients into the slow cooker and turn it on ‘low’ to cook through the day.
Here is one of my favourite slow cooker recipes for thai style chicken curry, and serves 3-4:
3 chicken breasts (diced)
2 red chillies (diced)
1 green chili (diced)
1 onion (chopped)
1 red pepper (chopped)
1 yellow pepper (chopped)
2 handfuls of spinach
1 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger (grated)
1 can of coconut milk
Juice of half a lemon
2 cups of chick peas
1 pinch of rock salt
1 pinch black pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tblsp turmeric
1/2 hand full of fresh coriander
A nutrient dense diet will give us the energy we need to juggle all of the balls we have in the air and keep all of ours plates spinning at record speed. But we must also address our fluid intake.
Aim for 2-3 litres of fluid per day, which should be made up of water and herbal/fruit teas. Drinks to avoid would include tea, coffee, fizzy and energy drinks to ensure that our energy levels remain consistent and we don’t experience extreme energy highs followed by the crashing lows that lead to sugar cravings.
Armed with this information, use your new found energy levels and organisation to inspire your team, get your buzz back and drive your business forward.