How to Take Healthy Eating Habits Into the Office
By Genevieve Cunningham
You’ve finally mastered a slightly cleaner diet. You’ve sworn off sweets. You mostly stick to water. You’re doing a great job! And then … your office throws a potluck. Everything coming from the break room smells delicious, and suddenly, your healthy eating doesn’t seem quite as important. Sound familiar? The truth is that healthy eating is hard, and it’s even harder when you’re not at home. If you want to make your healthy eating habits really stick, take a look at these tips for taking those healthy habits to work.
Pack Your Snacks
Don’t eat the snacks that get brought into the office. They’re likely to be donuts and chips and other easy, but unhealthy snacks. And don’t trust the vending machine either, as these don’t generally provide healthy options. Instead, make it a point to pack your own snacks. Pack veggies and fruit and nuts and whole grains. Buy a small lunchbox and prepare it every morning. You might be surprised at how big of a difference this makes to your overall health, calorie consumption, and normal diet.
Keep a Water Bottle
Stop drinking soda. Just stop it. Instead, take a water bottle to work and leave it there. Fill it up every morning, and sip all day long. The more water you drink, the less room there is for unhealthy food and drink. If you need flavor, add fruit or a zero calorie powder. Water keeps the body hydrated and promotes a faster and more efficient digestion and metabolism.
Avoid the Break Room
The good (but unhealthy!) food is most likely to be in the break room. Don’t even go in there if you can avoid it. Instead, keep your food in your office. Buy a mini fridge, pack a cooler or lunchbox, and stick to your healthy foods. Don’t even tempt yourself! If you must go in the break room, make your visit short. Carry out your task, and get out of there before the temptation is too strong to resist.
It’s possible to take your healthy eating habits to work. It might take some practice and some changes in your normal habits, but it’s entirely possible. Use these tips to get started, and you may be able to live your healthy lifestyle at home, at work, and everywhere else, too.
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