Most of us know what it’s like to wander into the kitchen at work, and some well meaning colleague has left some homemade slice on the lunch table. Or it’s someone’s birthday (seemingly almost every week!). Or then there’s the cookie jar filled with scotch fingers and monte carlo’s you just can’t say no to… and lets not even get started with Friday night drinks! So how can we make eating well at work easier?
Having these temptations right in front of you on a daily basis can be very difficult to say no to, meaning that achieving your health goals can end up being that much harder.
So what are the best ways of managing these temptations, so you can eat well at work, but not feel like you are missing out?
Here are my top 5!
- Drink plenty of water. Most offices are airconditioned, increasing the risk of dehydration. Plus, research shows that when we are thirsty, we are actually much more likely to end up making poorer food choices, or over eating. Hydrating your body through drinking plenty of water on a daily basis is an easy way to help ward off cravings, eating larger portions than you need, and is also likely to help you concentrate better.
- Choose a healthy lunch. And breakfast. Whether you buy your lunch or bring from home, eat breakfast at your desk or before you get to work, starting, and breaking up the day in a healthy manner is a great way to help you stay on track. Knowing you have a healthy lunch coming up, and powering through the morning after a satiating breakfast helps with making better choices later on.
- Be organised with snacks. Take tasty, healthy snacks to work means it is there, ready and waiting for you, making it much easier to make a healthy choice. Better yet, keep some shelf safe options in your drawer or locker. Examples include raw nuts, roasted chickpeas or plain popcorn. This helps with being organised and takes away some of the thought process of planning ahead.
- Include physical activity in your day. Whether you incorporate exercise before, during or after work, including activity during the day helps to wake you up, and feel better over the course of the day. Whether it is a lunch time yoga class, or a 6am spin class (or whatever else it may be). When you are taking care of yourself physically, it becomes easier to make healthier food choices as well.
- Have that cake/biscuit/wine. Life is for enjoyment, and food is no exception in this. Eating well is not about deprivation. Indulge, in small quantities, sometimes, so you don’t feel like you are missing out on anything, but are still able to achieve your other health goals.