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NOV-DEC 2018

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FINDING BALANCE 72 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 todaysveterinarypractice.com BALANCE FINDING Eating Healthy for Busy Professionals Dr. Laura Baltodano, Owner of Lighthouse Pet Clinic Lehigh Acres, Florida PERSONAL WELLNESS Your day may go something like this. Grab a cup of coffee as you rush out the door to the clinic; if you have a minute, gobble down a bagel or donut—whatever is within reach. You arrive at the clinic, going nonstop, all day, rushing from appointment to appointment with patients or to surgery. Lunch? What's that? Take a quick break before afternoon appointments start up. Finally, the day is done and you're heading home exhausted, so you just grab takeout or drive through the fast food lane because you don't feel like cooking and— hey!—you deserve it. Getting home, you collapse in your favorite chair and fall asleep halfway through a TV show, only to start the routine all over again the next day. Does any of this resonate with you on any given day? Maybe this sounds a bit extreme to some, but for others that is "real life." As you are likely spinning your wheels daily, it is imperative to get the proper nutrition in order to sustain your health. STOCK, SERVE, AND SAVE With a little bit of pre-planning, it is possible to have some grab-and-go items readily available to you on the days when life gets too busy. At Work For busy days at work when you don't have time for lunch, you can stock nonrefrigerated healthy items such as nuts, seeds, nut butter, banana chips, roasted chickpeas, tuna, chicken or salmon pouches/ cans, crackers, and protein bars with less processed ingredients. If you have a refrigerator available, hard- boiled eggs, yogurt, fruit, veggies, guacamole, cheese, and some select pre-packaged foods (just watch for the sodium content and ingredients on these). At Home If you are able to prep some food for the week by making some core items ahead of time, it can really help on those busy days when you don't want to cook. Some staple items include a protein such as chicken, brown rice, quinoa or sweet potatoes. Frozen, individual fish packets thawed in the refrigerator before you leave for work are good for a quick meal with cauliflower rice. Pre-slice veggies to toss a quick salad together or some pre-steamed veggies make for an easy, quick and well-rounded meal. If you have a family or are cooking for several people, crockpot meals can be a lifesaver! The Instant Pot is a really handy kitchen tool to make meals in a hurry using the pressure cooker setting, shutterstock.com/Dragon Images. Opposite: shutterstock.com/Y Photo Studio

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