Many individuals believe that all they need is to achieve success and afterward they can take care of everything they put aside. Unfortunately, this can cause more harm than good. Those things you put aside to achieve a goal, especially health, will catch up to you sooner or later. It is only a matter of time before you see how you are being affected by not paying attention to your personal matters.
Although there are different aspects to health that you should always take care of, I’ll be specifically talking about your gut and the food you put in your body. Sometimes keeping up with an eating schedule can get really difficult when you are busy, or the effects of stress can make you lose your appetite. Skipping meals and eating unhealthy foods can cause long-term detrimental problems. Some of these problems can be the following: nutritional deficiencies, obesity, high blood pressure, and much more! Now you may be thinking, “This won’t happen to me,” but it most certainly can. Gut health doesn’t discriminate against anyone and can most definitely make a big issue in your life.
How do we keep up with our gut health if we are so busy trying to be successful?
Well, it’s not going to be the easiest task to complete, since eating is an everyday thing, but your future self will thank you for being healthy. The first step you should take is to learn how many calories you actually need a day. A quick google search will let you know that calorie intake is dependent on many factors like age, sex, height, lifestyle, and overall health. It is recommended that men get a daily calorie intake of 2,500 and for women, it is 2,000 (Butler, 2018). Again, this is all dependent on the factors mentioned above, but the recommended daily calorie intake should be similar to what your body may need. One way to really see how many calories you may be ingesting a day is by tracking the calories of the meals you eat from breakfast to lunch to dinner, and any snacks you may have.
After you’ve found out how many calories that your body needs to keep going, you can start planning out meals you will have throughout the day. If you are prone to skipping meals, just know that it means that your body is losing out on those calories that it needs to keep you moving. This is why it is important to either not skip a meal entirely, or occasionally substitute a meal with a protein drink. Do not depend on those protein drinks though since your body still needs to also meet daily nutritional requirements (which you can also find with a quick google search).
Your body needs the following: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, and vitamins. These can all be found right in the foods that you consume, or in capsules that you may need to take if you have a deficiency. Either way, most meals that you have should hit all the daily nutritional requirements that you need. Most individuals believe that proteins are the only way to go, due to the bad-mouthing that carbs and fats get, but again, a quick visit to the doctor or even google ( I know what a surprise) can inform you on how carbs and fats are essential to your gut health. The problem comes from unhealthy carbs and fats, which will lead to health issues such as becoming overweight, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Unhealthy carbs and fats can come from processed food items such as cookies, cakes, chips, sugared cereals, fast food, and much more (AHA). Many times that I’ve been too busy or stressed, I have eaten some of these things as a quick snack or even as a meal, but over time I was starting to see the way that it affected my body. This is why I’m stressing the importance of making time to fuel your body right!
Making Time To Fuel Your Body
Quick Tip: If you have trouble coming up with meal prep ideas, go on sites such as Pinterest or even on google, to see what types of foods you can combine.
One way to make time to fuel your body is literally by scheduling breakfast, lunch, and dinner in your day. It sounds super easy, but when your meeting got pushed from 11 am to 2 pm, it will feel difficult. At this point, you can either meal prep to be ready for these types of issues, or, if you work in an office, make sure to take your break times seriously. If you need to snack while you wait to go to lunch, then that’s fine but at least make sure the snacks are beneficial to your health and not just a snickers bar from the vending machine or cookies in your pantry. Again if you work in an office, I highly recommend bringing lunch from home because it can save you time from going out to the nearest fast-food restaurant and eating something super unhealthy. Just remember, it’s okay if these types of situations happen once in a while, but don’t let it become a daily habit.
Also, don’t skip meals!
Fuel Your Body Right!
Once you combine the knowledge of how you should fuel your body and when to do it, put it to work to keep your gut health in check. When you don’t eat or eat unhealthy, it can mess with not just your physical health, but your mental health as well. Issues such as brain fog, or even weight-related image issues can cause your mental health to decline. Everything in your body is connected, which is why if one part of your body starts failing, so will the others. Without good overall health, your success may be useless.
A quick visit to the doctors, nutritionists, and even Google can give you insight on how you can start fueling your body right. Don’t wait until it is too late to take care of your gut health.
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