For many, staying healthy is hard to do…especially in the midst of a busy work life, bustling social life (I hope) and with health and fitness goals to uphold. On busy days when healthy snacks aren’t accessible, you might find yourself relying on coffee and break room bagels for energy. And your body, health, and energy are suffering.
I’m a busy guy, too. On any given day, I’m running between appointments with clients, training for my next marathon and raising a toddler while still maintaining a mostly acid-free diet. Here are a few things I always have with me to keep me balanced and energized, and a few other suggestions for ladies to keep handy for staying healthy on the go.
1. Water — Did you know that 90% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? The busier you are, the more likely you are to forget to drink water. But those busy days are when it’s most important to hydrate. The average person loses 2.5 liters of water every day, so to ensure you’re getting your required 3-4 liters of daily water, carry a reusable BPA-free water bottle everywhere you go. To make it alkaline, throw in a lemon or lime slice, or a dash of some healthy alkaline sea salt.
2. Healthy snacks — Even the most dedicated healthy eater occasionally caves into quick, sugary snacks – and maybe even fast food – when hunger strikes and they’re pressed for time. Pack a Chia Bar, or make a healthy alkaline trail mix which includes raw almonds and cashews, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, chia seeds, goji berries, and if you want a little something for the sweet tooth, add some cacao nibs. You can even prep ahead of time and make some yummy baked zucchini chips and throw them in a zip lock bag for on-the-go.
3. pH test strips — Checking your pH balance might be the last thing on your mind on a busy day, but remembering to take a test strip (you can buy them here) with you on your next restroom break or quickly test your saliva to know if you’re on track. That will allow you to adjust your diet for that perfect 7.0+ reading. It only takes fifteen seconds, and there is no better way to let you know if what you are doing is working…or not working!
4. Chia Seeds — Chia is one of my favorite foods and I use it all the time, especially with all of my running and marathon training as it is so versatile in what it can do. For that reason, I always have them in my bag (keep in a small zip-lock) to throw in my water, green juice, smoothie, or on top of a salad. They are 50% omega 3 fatty acid, and 20% protein which is why I consider chia one of the most perfect foods. They fill you up fast, they improve constipation, and they give you a slow-burn energy that lasts all day long.
5. Supplements – Guilty of the afternoon caffeine pick-me-up? Instead, fight the slump with organic alkaline supplements containing all the right superfoods to give you a healthier energy boost than coffee, and without the crash. The AlkaMind Daily Greens quickly absorb into your body, are conveniently packaged in single-serve packets, and they’ll work to detox your body while giving you the kick you need to finish the day strong. Speaking of strong, if you’re planning an evening sweat session, take the AlkaMind Daily Minerals for a fast recovery from all the lactic acid so you can wake up ready to do it all again tomorrow!