When you spend lots of time at the office, it’s easy to develop an unhealthy diet. Choosing healthy meals is difficult for the many Canadians who eat lunch at their desks due to workplace pressures, and it’s often difficult to say no when generous colleagues bring in baked goods to share.
The combination of spending lots of time sitting at a desk and adding junk food to the mix is not good. Fortunately, there are several simple ways to boost your willpower.
Ditch Junk Food
Empty your desk drawers and candy bowl. Get rid of those chips, crackers and other gut busters you’ve stashed away for emergencies. The less junk food you eat, the healthier your overall diet becomes.
Make Time for Real Meals
It’s easy to give up lunch when you spend the day on the phone or in meetings. Block off 30 minutes to leave your desk and have a healthy meal. This raises your energy levels and helps you stay productive.
Make extra food when you cook meals at home so you can pack leftovers for lunch. It’s also a good way to save money.
Plan Your Meals
Many people eat at least two meals and one or two snacks at work. If you plan ahead, you can come prepared and avoid trips to the vending machines.
Keep (Healthy) Snacks at Your Desk
It’s not as hard as you think to stay stocked up on healthy snacks. Get dried fruit, applesauce, snack bars, packaged tuna, jerky and nuts for your spare drawer. These might not be as healthy as fresh fruit or a nice salad, but they’re better than anything you’ll find in many vending machines.
Drink Lots of Water
Bring a full bottle of water to work each day and refill it as often as possible. Drink the recommended daily amount for your height and weight. This keeps you hydrated and full of energy — and you can also flavour it.
Choose Snacks Wisely
When planning what to eat for snacks, combine healthy fats, carbohydrates and lean proteins that boost your metabolism, keep energy levels high and help you feel full. A peanut butter and banana sandwich or an apple with some almonds are great snack choices.