You know what I'm talking about, you're walking past the break room and there sits the doughnuts that a grateful sales rep has left. Even though you've already had your breakfast and your not hungry you still grab one and hurriedly eat it before someone sees you. Later you think what did I do that for, I wasn't hungry and it wasn't even fresh! Yuck.
Welcome to what I call the "potholes" of eating well at work. From vending machines full of junk food, to break rooms laiden with treats from well-meaning folks, to the treats the receptionist has on her desk, temptation is around every corner. When you consider how many waking hours you spend at work each day it's easy to see why these "potholes" can pose hazards to your healthy eating.
Try using some of these tips to help you stick to your healthy eating plan at work:
- Make time for meals. Studies show that when people eat in front of a computer, they eat more and feel less satisfied. Schedule some time in your workday to take a break, get away from your desk, sit at a table and enjoy your food.
- Bring your snacks. To avoid the vending machine, steer clear of the "pothole" by bringing an assortment of healthy snacks to have on hand for mid-morning and mid-afternoon treats, plus you'd be surprised at how much money you can save by bringing your own snacks. With the money save you can treat yourself to manicure or a pedicure, that bag of chips isn't so good now is it!
- Walk it off. Are in you in the swivel chair "pothole", stuck behind a desk all day? Make an effort to get up and move around during the workday. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away, get up and deliver a message instead of e-mailing it. try taking a power walk on your break. Remember any movement is better than none, just stay way from the "potholes".
- Take an alternate route. If you are having a hard time resisting temptations in the vending machine or break room, try detouring around them. Chances are that if you don't see it, you won't want it.
- Think it through. Before having junk food or sweets at work, wait ten minutes. Most likely, the urge will pass.
- Let them eat it. Chances are that during your ten minute delay your co-workers will polish off the free food before you get there. Problem solved!
Blessings for a Glorious Day!