Are office pizza parties, daily Chinese food deliveries, and the break room vending machine sabotaging your healthy diet? It would be nice to ask your fellow co-workers to refrain from eating unhealthy foods to help you avoid temptation but that’s probably not going to work.
Here are a few tips on how to survive a workplace environment when maintaining a healthy lifestyle:
If you’re going to partake in the next office party or order out for lunch, make sure you don’t overeat. One way to avoid overeating is to find a balance between fullness and hunger while you’re eating. When you feel full, stop eating. Another way to avoid overeating is to think about the times when you ate a meal and the discomfort you felt in your abdomen. Then think about the guilt you felt after eating too much. This will help you avoid going overboard.
Another way to avoid overeating is to eat and chew slowly. You’re less likely to wolf down the second portion of food when you take your time to eat. Drinking plenty of water can also help you avoid overeating. Try drinking two or three glasses of water before a meal and you’ll be surprised how full your stomach will feel.
EAT SNACKS THAT BOOST ENERGY
Unless you work in an environment where people are health conscious, maintaining your diet can be difficult. Let’s be honest, many people in office environments have poor eating habits. Remember, food is fuel for the body. If you’re going to fill your body up with fats and sugars, you’re going to feel sluggish before the end of the day.
So, pass on the double chocolate jelly donut and choose foods that make you feel energized. For example, fresh apples, bananas or oranges will give you a boost of energy. Plus, these fruit choices are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. The recommended serving size for fruit is 1 cup of chopped fruit.
BAG YOUR OWN HEALTHY LUNCH TO WORK
Instead of ordering food, taking a trip to the nearest deli or eating at fast-food restaurants, try bringing your lunch to work. People who bag their own lunch to work are less likely to cheat on their diets. Make sure you plan your meals in advance and avoid eating the same thing every day. Eating tuna salad may be healthy but eating it every day can become extremely boring.
When you fail to plan your lunches ahead of time, you’ll feel tempted to eat unhealthy foods. Packing your own lunch can also help you save a few bucks.
When packing your lunch to work, there are a few things that you should consider. For example, think about the options for preparing and transporting your lunch. For example, if you don’t have access to a microwave in your office, you’re not going to want to bring anything that needs to be heated. If your office doesn’t have a refrigerator, obviously you’re going to avoid bringing in frozen food items or anything that needs to be kept cool.