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You’re running your live event. On day 1, You didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before, because you’re all excited about going live with your event. That morning, you wake up super early to prep. No time for breakfast.
At the venue, while everybody is enjoying their meals and their snacks, you are running around to make sure that everything’s going smoothly.
Before you know it the adrenaline wears off.
It’s afternoon and your stomach starts to growl, so you decide to go for coffee and a sugary snack. On day 2, repeat.
How can we do better, get more energy and stay healthy?
I asked Gillian Kennedy, health and lifestyle coach from Wellness Gypsy.
Gillian’s 4 tips to more energy and healthy habits for entrepreneurs who run business events.
#1 Preparation saves the day.
Come to the event venue with snacks that you’ve been able to buy at a supermarket, like healthy snacks such as healthy raw bars (skip the sugary bars), cut up carrots, hummus, vegetables, nuts, fruit, or just cut up some veggies and make a dip the day before. It’s about removing the choices. When you’re hungry, you’re probably dehydrated as well. So sip water all day long.
We want our blood level sugar levels to stabilize as much as possible throughout the day. If you’re not eating your blood sugar levels are dipping massively. That’s why you get hungry.
#2 Set yourself up for a busy day with a healthy breakfast.
Get up 5 to 10 minutes earlier just to make sure you can have the breakfast if you know you probably won’t have time to eat for a while.
Make sure to have protein with every meal and every snack.
If you’re having breakfast at home, try one of these combos:
- Have some oats with lots of nuts and seeds in it or with yogurt. Add berries on top of your oats.
- Make a smoothie with yogurt and some healthy protein in it. Throw some fruit and veggies in your smoothie
- Make yourself an omelet or scrambled eggs. Have some vegetables on the side like avocado or spinach.
Sit down to eat it if you can.
You can make a smoothie and bring it along in a mug that you can carry with you.
You can prep all these options the day before, for a jumpstart in the morning on event day.
Breakfast in a hotel, cafe or from a supermarket
- If you got access to the Continental buffet, grab plain yogurt, or fruit. Take some of those for snacks for later as well, if you can.
- If you have dinner the night before, order some extra, and refrigerate it overnight in the mini-fridge in your room and have that for breakfast.
- If you have a supermarket that you can access go there. Grab pre-packed salad with lots of veggies, and add some nuts and a tin of tuna or chia seeds.
#3 Avoid the afternoon energy dip
If you don’t have a packed lunch with you, see if there’s someone you know, that can help you. Bring a container or a plate, and ask if they can prepare a plate with lunch for you.
For what to pick, go for more complex carbs. If you have the choice of white bread versus whole grain go for whole grain. If there is only the option of white pasta or white rice just have a little bit because it will help fill you up. But try and keep that to a minimum. Add lots of vegetables and lean proteins like chicken, turkey, fish to your plate. Try not to eat too much at one go, because then your body takes hours to digest it.
#4 Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, and then hydrate some more
Another big factor to keeping your energy up throughout the day is drinking water. Lots of it.
If you’re running around you’re forgetting to drink water and when you’re dehydrated your energy levels really drop.
An easy fix is to bring a water bottle with you that you can take from home when you go traveling and fill it up. Or there should be water there if your event is at a hotel or an event venue.
Often you get tricked into thinking you’re hungry when you’re actually just thirsty. So drink water first before you go for the sugary snacks as well. Down a small bottled water and then see if you’re still wanting that sugar-packed snack.
Gillian Kennedy runs Wellness Gypsy. She’s a health and lifestyle coach. Gillian is a certified holistic health coach, a qualified naturopath and a yoga instructor. She works with ambitious and adventurous women and men to empower them to own their health and their happiness to give them the freedom so they can live a life of passion and purpose. Gillian uses nutrition, mindset and lifestyle techniques.
You can learn more about Gillian and her work at www.wellnessgypsy.com