One of the biggest challenges flight attendants face every day is maintaining a healthy balanced diet while flying to so many different cities around the world.
We all know that flight attendants don’t follow a regular schedule which makes it harder to keep an eating regime or routine. The concept of breakfast, lunch and dinner doesn’t mean the same for them as it means to us.
The best way for flight attendants to stay healthy is for them to learn to listen to their body so they can work out when to eat, when to sleep, what foods are better than others, etc.
If you are a flight attendant who is looking for ways to keep a balanced healthy diet, here are 5 tips* that can help you:
1. LEARN TO RECOGNIZE YOUR HUNGER. There is physical hunger and emotional hunger. Physical hunger is when your body needs to get nutrients in form of food. Emotional hunger is when you find comfort in food for different reasons: boredom, tiredness, personal issues. If you eat only when your hunger is physical, you are giving your body what it needs. But, when you feed your emotional hunger, you are giving your body extra carbs and sugars that will end up in your middle area.
2. TRY TO MAINTAIN AN EATING ROUTINE. it is impossible for you guys to eat at the same time every day, however, you can train your body to eat three times a day. Always have a nutrient dense breakfast first thing in the morning. Try to make some lunch around noon or three pm and have a light dinner 1-2 hours before going to bed. Adjust those times according to your schedule.
3. KEEP SOME HEALTHY SNACKS WITH YOU ALL THE TIME. nuts, vegetable and fruit sticks, protein shakes will save your butt when you don’t have the time to sit to have a proper meal.
4. PLAN YOUR WEEK AHEAD. I cannot stress enough the importance of planning. When you prepare your meals in advance, it will be so much easier for you to grab something to take with you on your duties, rather than eating plane or hotel foods.
5. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Hunger is often confused with dehydration. Next time you feel like a snack, have a glass of water. Even mild dehydration can alter your body’s metabolism, so aim to drink eight glasses a day and limit soda, caffeine, and alcohol. It’s also been shown that drinking water before meals promotes weight loss. Studies show people who drink two glasses of water before meals feel fuller and eat less.
By: Laura Rubio
*These tips are for healthy adults who are not suffering from any type of medical condition that requires them to keep special diets and routines. If you have some condition stick to your doctors advice.
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