Do you dread going to work because of the dreadful dietary habits that are no doubt waiting for you there? From office birthday celebrations to fast food lunches, we've got a few tips to help you avoid those barriers to good health and get you enjoying your work day just a little bit more.
- To avoid temptation during meetings that are often filled with pastries, donuts, coffee, and white flour bagels with cream cheese, come prepared either having already eaten or with a healthy bowl of instant oatmeal, fruit, whole grain bagel with nutbutter, or low sugar granola bar.
- Do not have a candy jar in your line of vision. You end up eating more if you see it readily accessible.
- If there's an office birthday or other celebration and there's cake and other tempting treats to be had, politely decline with a “No, thank you” or, better yet, just have a bite or two! This way you don’t miss out, but don’t have to overindulge either - after all, you are a team player!
- Pack a lunch. Not only will this save you money, but it is also healthier then eating at a local fast food restaurant every day. Eating out provides larger portions and higher fat/calorie options.
- Also have a snack prepared for that afternoon energy slump. Pack a combination of protein and fiber to help keep you feeling full until dinner.
Looking for quick foods on the go? Keep these handy so you don't head for the stack of office ho-ho's!
- Whole grain varieties of bread, mini bagels, cereals, muesli and crackers
- Granola bars: at least 4g protein or fiber per bar
- Instant rice/grain pouches (although high in sodium, these are better than a French fry!)
- Apples, bananas, oranges, berries
- Baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, celery, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower
- Natural almond, cachew or walnut butter
- Air-packed wild salmon or tuna
- Edamame (soy beans)
- 1/4 cup of trail mix
- Almonds, walnuts, cashew nut, macadamia nuts
- Soy or Coconut Milk yogurt, unsweetened or sweetened with natural fruit/unrefined honey
- Soy or Almond milk pouches