I have worked in the service industry for quite a few years. Like, almost a decade! And since becoming a Health and Fitness Coach I’ve realized how hard it is to stay healthy and on track when your surrounded by fried food and don’t get off until 2am. So I’ve figured out a few tips and tricks to staying healthy that have worked for me so now I want to share them with you!
1- Eat a healthy dinner/ late lunch before your shift
Filling up on a healthy meal before your shift will keep you fuller longer and you won’t be as tempted by all the fried, unhealthy foods going out to all your tables!
2- Bring healthy snacks with you and keep them somewhere convenient
Having a healthy snack (like almonds or dried fruit) readily available when you start to feel a little hungry will keep you from craving junk food during your shift.
3- Keep a water bottle close by
Keeping water close by will 1- ensure that you are drinking your water and 2- keep you from drinking unhealthy sodas or energy drinks!
4- Keep a healthy snack in your car
We all know that we are always hungry when we get off work, whether its at 11pm or 2am, we want to eat! Having a snack in your car (a granola bar or whole wheat crackers for example) will keep you from going to a drive thru or by Waffle House on your way home! Its just enough satisfy you and allow you to drive by that 24 hour McDonalds without batting an eye!
5- Get enough sleep
Sleep! I know it is almost impossible to go straight to bed once you get home from a long shift at 2am. But you should try to go to bed as soon as possible. Take a warm shower, watch a little TV, read a book, whatever you need to do to relax and fall asleep, Then sleep in! Aim for 7-8 hours a night. I know that life (dogs, kids, significant other, etc) will always try to get in the way of that precious sleep time, but try to fight it! If you can’t, and they wake you up at 8am anyway, take a midday nap!
So there you have it! My top tips to staying healthy when you work in the Bar/ Service Industry. But really, you can apply these tips to every job, no matter what shift you work! So #noexcuses 😉