So like many, I have a New Years resolution to get healthier this year. Being a programmer who sits on his butt all day and my only joy (other then my glorious job!) is a social hour with good food and great company. I can’t state enough how much fun it is to wander down to the International District during lunch to get some authentic Japanese food. But, now I have to put all that in the past, this year I’m eating to live, not living to eat. Here are my plans.
- Bring food into the office.
Besides saving a butt-load of money, this allow me to continue to work uninterrupted during the middle of the day.
- Small Portions
I’m looking to be able to take breaks every other hour, and eat a little something. The most important thing I can do is to avoid that one large meal at 12, and to constantly have my system processing. I don’t want long breaks either, getting my food, some water sitting down, and eating should take 10 minutes, at which point I would imagine being back to work.
- Nothing Complex
The more attention I have to pay to something, the less attention I can pay to something else. Or of course, the less likely I am to do it, which is even worse. So what I’m looking for this year, is a simple solution that I can just throw together, and don’t have to plan to far in advance for. I’m definitely looking to avoid spending all night cooking, even if it is one night a week for the whole week.
So with that in mind, here is a breakdown of a typical day and the meals I expect.
- Light breakfast
- Odwalla Super Protein Vanilla Al’mondo – Best drink ever, can drink it any day.
- Plain Oatmeal w/ splenda – Super cheap, light, healthy.
- Lunch – Every 3 hours
- 3-4 Slices of Turkey/Ham from the Deli
- Cottage Cheese
- Leftovers from some meal I had earlier
- Fruit, Salad, or Yogurt
- Healthy Fats
- Constantly throughout the day
- Snacking on Walnuts
- Green tea
I’m adding walnuts to my diet because it was on this list of superfoods I read. The hardest part of this, is saying no to my co-workers when they want to go out. I kinda feel bad, its not that I don’t want to, I just have terrible discipline when it comes to saying no to a menu.
How do you deal with eating healthy while being a programmer? Got any suggestions, please share.