If there is one thing that is certain about work for all working professionals it may be that it brings about several opportunities on a daily basis to eat unhealthy. Lets face it if you have worked in an office, at home, in the service industry, or wherever it may be you have experienced how easy it is to begin snacking on something just to pass the time. That’s why we have decided to post 5 strategies for eating healthy while you are at work so that all that extra effort you exert at the gym doesn’t go to waste!
Eat Away From Your Desk
The worst thing you can do whenever you sit down to eat is to place yourself in an atmosphere where you can be easily distracted from the food in front of you. Eating in front of your computer, the television, or at a sporting event may be convenient and fun but it ends up being unhealthy if you overeat. Instead when you sit down to eat you should focus on the actual food in front of you. This will do several things. First, it will help you to enjoy your food more. Next it will keep you from overeating. We all know how easy it is to overeat when the television is on but we forget that it is just as easy to overeat while reading an email. So tomorrow get up with your food and eat in the kitchen on your lunch break.
Prepare Lunch for the Next Day
One of the best strategies for eating healthy at work is to prepare your meal beforehand. With all the stress of the work day and with so much on your mind it is easy to find a way to eat out every day. Well the fact remains that eating out always leads to more sodium, calories, and fat than if you ate something you prepared on your own. So the trick is to prepare your lunch yourself. Specifically we advise that you prepare your sack lunch the evening before work while you are cooking dinner so that you don’t have to worry about running out of time the morning of which happens easily and will once again leave you the only option of eating out.
Stock Up on Healthy Snacks
Even if you start the day with a healthy and filling breakfast you will often find yourself hungry again before lunch. This can be dangerous in terms of sabotaging your diet because once you begin snacking on something it is often hard to stop. That is why when you reach for a snack you should grab something with some type of nutritional value. Preferably a fruit or a vegetable since both are high in fiber which will help suppress your appetite while providing your body the nutrients it needs.
Eat at the Grocery Store
Even if you been good at sticking to a strict diet there will come a time when you want to get away from your work space and drive to eat lunch elsewhere. This is completely understandable and is good in terms of relaxing your mind for a moment so that you can return to work refreshed and ready to focus. The easy thing to do when you want to eat out is to find the nearest fast food restaurant or sandwich deli. Instead we advise you to find the nearest grocery store. Grocery stores are notorious for having a fresh and affordable salad bar where you can get your filling of greens and other nutritious toppings that will make for an excellent lunch outside the office. In addition you can get your fill of shopping in and grab those fruits and veggies that we mentioned can be used as mid-day snacks in between meals.
Set a Goal
Numerous studies have shown that if you set a goal for yourself and write it down you are twice as likely to meet that goal than if you just keep it in your own head. Then if you decide to post that goal publicly such as on a sticky note in your cubicle where co-workers might have a chance to see it if they peak their head inside your work area you are 4 times as likely to meet that goal.
So go ahead and make a goal for yourself such as eating healthy 4 out of the 5 workdays a week and semi- nutritious on that off day and post that goal somewhere you look everyday. Then if you want to motivate yourself even further also post a picture of somebody you wish to look like. Could be a magazine cut out of a lean couple walking on the beach. Just seeing the image will register better with your brain what it is you are trying to achieve.
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