Put down the break room doughnut and pick up that apple! Healthy workplace habits to keep you looking and feeling good.
Think before you add the fries and drink
When Joe from the cubicle next to you is taking lunch orders for Burger King, Subway, or that Chinese place around the corner that you’re obsessed with, order your food but skip getting the ‘meal’. Meal is code for 16oz soda and a side that is typically packed full of calories, carbs, or unnecessary sugar. At your favorite Chinese place, they may include a drink and an egg roll or cream cheese wonton. At the sandwich shop, a drink and a bag of chips. Fast food meals are usually accompanied by fries and a soda. We’re not saying that you can’t go grab lunch — it’s way more time efficient than having to cook the night before in most cases. We’re just saying that skipping the soda and French fries will help keep your calorie count down.
Making food ahead of time is a great way to stay on top of your diet and make sure you’re eating the foods that make you feel good. We know it can be a pain cooking the night before and bringing your lunch in, but the reward is worth it. It makes a big difference when you’re sitting down and enjoying home cooked beef and broccoli with brown rice and apple slices instead of a cheesesteak.
Steer clear of the break room doughnuts and unhealthy snacks
Offices tend to be packed full of snacks and food items that you really shouldn’t be eating on a consistent basis. When Halloween rolls around, there are buckets of candy. Christmas means boxes of cookies and cakes. Work lunches equate to bean and cheese burrito platters and loads of tortilla chips. And let’s not forget weekday treats! Some bosses like to boost morale with cupcakes from the fancy place on the corner or bring doughnuts and bagels in on Friday mornings. Realistically, these things are fine in moderation. The issue is when they’re sitting right in front of you and you eat them all day at your desk, the calories add up!
Mid-day slump? Boost your energy naturally
Keep some snacks handy at your desk for that mid-day slump. We love having dried fruit, beef jerky nuts, natural protein bars, fruit, and veggies available for a quick pick me up. It’s important to get up now and then throughout the day to stretch your legs and refresh. Remember to fuel your body to keep yourself moving throughout the afternoon.
Prioritize your food. Are you eating just to eat or are you actually hungry?
We all do it — you get bored and you mindlessly eat if you have food sitting in front of you. Remind yourself to nourish your body and fuel your body when it’s hungry. If you’re not feeling hungry, skip eating just because it’s there! Feeling satisfied and full is important, but you don’t want to overeat. Sometimes it helps to have a snack like grapes or almonds around if you’re in the mood to snack, but want to steer clear of the chips.
H2O is your friend!
Drink up! It’s important to stay hydrated during the day. Pouring that extra cup of coffee may feel like you’re keeping yourself hydrated all day long, but it’s better to drink water. Try keeping a reusable water bottle full on your desk and fill up a few times a day to keep yourself on track. Drinking water also helps keep you feeling full for longer.
Stay far away from sick employees
When your co-worker catches a cold from their 5 year old’s kindergarten class, it always seems to start a vicious cycle of office illness that hops from one household to another. Make sure you’re washing your hands regularly and keep the hand sanitizer on deck!