The beginning of the school year is filled with an endless list of things to do. The first couple of weeks it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all finished. How can you stay healthy and take care of yourself knowing the demand on your time is great? I am often asked how I stay fit and healthy. My answer is meal planning and preparation. I am not talking about writing everything down that you will eat, but making a plan to help you throughout the week.
I grocery shop on Thursday or Friday and then prepare my meals during the weekend. I create lunches that don’t need to be reheated. With only a 30 minute lunch period, I do not want to waste time waiting in line for the microwave, waiting for my food to cook, and then inhaling my food in the last 5 minutes leaving me with a stomach ache for the afternoon. I prepare salads or sandwiches so that I can spend my time eating and doing whatever else needs to be done during the middle of the day for my students. My lunch bag is always stuffed with various pieces of fruit and vegetables to snack on throughout the day. I need to have as much energy as possible for my students and feel healthy throughout the day.
A typical day for me looks like this:
Breakfast: scrambled eggs or oatmeal with fruit
Lunch: Salad with hard boiled eggs or turkey sandwich
Dinner: Grilled chicken or salmon with steamed vegetables.
Snacks: almonds, greek yogurt, carrots and celery or fruit.
I love food and when I am hungry I am grumpy ; when I do not eat enough or the right things I feel tired. My students deserve my best everyday and I need to fuel my body with the right things to be my best. My healthy lifestyle is a great example for my students to see how this can be accomplished everyday while also enjoying an occasional treat.