Medical professionals work in a field that promote health and wellness, however, it can be a very demanding, high-stress career, and it’s easy to not put yourself first.  In an industry where 12 hour shifts are common in hospitals, fatigue makes fast food and other unhealthy choices seem more appealing than taking care of yourself.  An office setting can have just as much temptation, but a little bit of planning can help you stay healthy.

Prepare Food In Advance

Meal prepping has become has become quite a popular movement.  The idea is that you prepare a week’s worth of meals ahead of time.  It takes a while to get it done, but it will save you time in the long run, and you will make much healthier food choices.  Choose a day of the week that you have the most free time and get started early so that you don’t lose motivation.  Start out small by only preparing for a week’s worth of one meal, such as lunch, or even only prepping your work week’s lunches.  As you get used to it, you can start making breakfast and/or dinner.  Here is a great resource to help you get started.

Add Vegetables to Your Diet

Adding vegetables to your diet is an obvious healthy choice, but the majority of us don’t do it.  Sneaking those veggies in is easier than ever, though.  Try adding a couple handfuls of kale to a smoothie, or spiralizing zucchini instead of eating pasta, or ricing cauliflower as a side dish.

Wear an Activity/Step Tracker

During a hospital shift, you may get quite a few steps in, but what about on your days off?  Wearing an activity or step tracker not only motivates you to move more, but they also track the quality of your sleep.  The information you get from your tracker will help you to make healthier choices.

Make Small Changes to Get More Steps In

A tracker will help you know just how much you’re moving, but some small changes to your routine can help you get more steps in.  If you work in a hospital or building with stairs, take them.  If you drive to work, park your car in the farthest area of the parking lot.  Every little bit of steps helps you stay healthy.

Taking care of yourself means investing time back into yourself to stay healthy.  Making a few changes can make a big difference in your attitude and health.  After all, “you can’t pour from an empty cup.  Take care of yourself first.”

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