Healthy Eating at Work

Sticking to any diet is difficult but there is perhaps no greater challenge to a dieter than attempting healthy eating at work. When you’re working at the office it’s often easy to just go out to lunch every day or take junk food to satisfy cravings. There is no need to plan ahead, which can be very tempting when you’re working long hours or getting up early in the morning. Eating healthy at work requires some dedication and time but it’s definitely worth the effort.

One of the easiest ways to eat healthy at work is to bring leftovers from home. Packing small servings of dinner leftovers is a great way to monitor caloric intake and ensure you’re getting a healthy, home cooked meal. This also creates a huge time savings and helps you save a significant amount of money each week.

Always bring your own lunch to practice healthy eating at work. This allows you to control both portion size and ingredients. Use an ice pack and an insulated lunch box to keep your food fresh or use a refrigerator at work.

Avoid eating at your desk whenever possible, especially if you’re working on a computer or using the phone. There are several reasons for this, although the most important is it keeps your attention away from your food. This makes it very difficult to notice your body’s cues that it’s full, leading to overeating. Instead, take your lunch to the lunch room, or even outside. This is important, even if you only have fifteen minutes to spend away from your desk.

You may find you have a lot of extra time to spend during your lunch break now that you’re packing a lunch instead of making a trip to a nearby fast food restaurant. Make good use of this extra time to go for a short walk around the block to get some light exercise and fresh air. This may even help you focus on work a bit better when you return and will certainly help you boost your metabolism after your meal.

As a last bit of advice, keep healthy snacks on hand at your desk to keep away afternoon cravings. This may be especially important for anyone who has a vending machine at work. Stash trail mix, dried fruit, energy bars and almonds at your desk to give you a mid-morning energy boost and a sense of fullness that will last until lunch.

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