Are You Fueling For Success?

Bowl of Fruit

Picture this: you’re finally at the office of the person with whom you’ve wanted to informational interview for a long time. Or, it’s down to a final interview for that job that you’ve coveted for so long. And the only thing that you can think about is – dang, I’m really, really hungry! Or during the actual interview, your stomach makes grumbling noises like never before.

When life gets hectic, and at times even stressful, it’s easy to forget one of the most important keys to success: making sure to eat healthy foods throughout the day. Only if you give your body the fuel it needs, will you be able to perform your best. This is especially important before energy intensive events, such as in-person meetings for informational interviews, networking events, or job interviews, as well as various every day activities. Only with the proper fuel will you have the energy you need to feel your best and to perform your best.

Here are some tips on how to make sure you get the proper fuel:

  • Start every day with a healthy breakfast, such as:
    • Oatmeal, fruit, and some yogurt
    • Toast and eggs
    • Cereal that is high in fiber and low in sugar, milk, fruit
    • Breakfast burrito (whole wheat tortilla filled with sauteed veggie & eggs)
  • Drink coffee in moderation; you don’t want to have the jitters and then crash a few hours later
  • Pack healthy snacks/mini meals in your bag and/or in your car so that you are prepared if there isn’t time for a regular meal. You may want to invest in a small cooler/insulated lunch bag. Some of my favorite options are:
    • Fruit
    • Veggies & individual hummus packs
    • Energy bars
    • A small bag of nuts
    • String cheese
    • Yogurt
  • Pack your own lunch if you know there aren’t any healthy options available. This also saves money! 🙂
  • Make sure you are hydrated throughout the day. If you are dehydrated you can feel tired and/or get a headache. Carry a refillable water bottle with you.
  • Remember to eat every few hours, so that you don’t get too hungry.

Questions: Do you remember to eat regularly when life gets a bit hectic? Do you pay attention to eating nutritious foods? What is your favorite on-the-go snack?

Be well,



3 comments for “Are You Fueling For Success?

  1. March 25, 2010 at 4:18 am

    I actually do all of these things, but am in the process of decreasing my caffeine intake. I am the QUEEN of packing snacks, wherever I go. Nick has stopped commenting (he used to think it was crazy that I would even snack before going out to dinner! I didn’t want to be starving). The caffeine habit is on it’s way….down. I was at over 500 mg per day!Now I am at 300-350. The max is 300 mg per day, so I am on my way. I want to get to 250 mg.

    Great post. Healthy eating, all day, with foods you LOVE, is so important.

    • Andrea
      March 31, 2010 at 1:55 pm

      I’m actually also working on decreasing my caffeine intake little by little… 🙂

      • India
        July 31, 2011 at 6:20 pm

        I read somewhere that eating an apple will give you more energy than a cup of coffee. Hope that helps you!

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