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Eating Healthier at the Office

10 Ways to Make Your Workplace Work for Your Diet

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  • Since I work with very young children all day, and for the last 23 years, some of these words are very foreign to me.
    Structure? Desk? Break? Candy dish? Vending Machine? Lunch at a resturant?
    Very good article. Yes we eat healthy 90 % of the time, but I do eat a Birthday Cupcake with the Birthday Child and bake cookies while reading "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie" - 1/27/2013 6:19:44 AM
  • I write "Not for Nancy" on a post-it note & place it on the goodies...
    Seems to work ... for now ... - 1/15/2013 2:18:15 PM
  • I bring oatmeal for the morning and fruit for snacks, but take advantage of my company's awesome salad bar for lunch. Not cheap but helps with time management. - 1/15/2013 1:25:21 PM
  • SHOBACKLM57
    My school cafeteria works hard to keep me on track. If they're serving my favorites (mac & cheese or chicken noodle casserole) - they tell me how bad it tastes and they messed up making it. Today was tacos - they saved me a cup of the taco meat to put on my salad. Fresh fruit and veggies every day - easy to stay on track with helpers!!!! - 1/15/2013 1:21:26 PM
  • NORTHWOODSGUY
    Very good suggestions. It gets challenging around Thanksgiving to Christmas at my work as the vendors that do business for us ship us Godiva chocolates, Mrs Fields cookies and lots of other tasty, belly bulging goodies. I do bring cherry tomatoes and figs and apples and similar goodies like that to work and try to stay with them. Thanks. - 12/20/2012 9:19:44 PM
  • I do pretty much every tip in this article on a daily basis (i read this for the first time a long time ago).. I am e-mailing this to my office to share with my team members. Thanks! - 12/1/2012 6:39:33 AM
  • this is so helpfull. I usually pack not enough food, so the drawer is a great idea. I am a stress eater so being prepared might be a solution for me. - 9/14/2012 1:33:53 AM
  • After taking 18 months off to go back to school, I returned to my full time job. After 6 months I managed to gain 15 lbs while training for a half-marathon. Stress is my big factor, along with the goodies that co-workers passed around as their stress relief involved baking. After those 6 months I realized my job was hazardous to my health & moved into a new field of work. Happier & lighter as a result of that scary decision! - 8/23/2012 6:09:52 PM
  • Great suggestions! - 8/21/2012 2:37:23 PM
  • @Frugalfoodie, I am a big fan of sleep, so I work out during lunch. Thank goodness for dry shampoo! I try to keep the house up to date with 30-60 minutes a day (Sat laundry, Sun groceries and prep, Mon trash, Tue etc). Flylady.com has helped me with balancing life/home/work. Good luck! - 8/21/2012 1:54:29 PM
  • JENNIFERJJS
    Frugalfoodie - you described my work week to a "T"!! Including the AM exercise (I get up at 3:30, leave the house at 5:00, work out for 90 min, get to work at 8:00), and the weekend house work catch up. I don't know if this would work for you, but my strategy is to focus on low-prep foods that refrigerate/freeze & reheat well - quinoa, white beans, rotisserie chicken (bought cooked from the grocery), fish - baked or cooked in minimal olive oil , cottage cheese, whole grain crackers, spinach/tomato salad, fruit that only needs to be washed (like berries), not cut/peeled (like mangos). Then I stock up for the week, freeze what I don't eat in 2-3 days, and take the frozen stuff to work for lunch. Break out a Low Cal frozen meal or soup when needed. or low fat granola bars. If I really want to COOK, I do it on a weekend, in a huge batch so that I can freeze a bunch for later.
    I guess the key for me was buying foods that require the least amount of prep, finding the simplest recipe possible to cook food, not worrying about multi-ingredient meals, and making sure that when i cook, i do multiple portions. Hope this helps. It amazes me how much time we spend on staying healthy!!!!! - 8/21/2012 12:38:11 PM
  • FRUGALFOODIE
    Good suggestions except I find the 50+ work week causes me more problems outside of work rather than in the office. Trying to avoid eating a lot of prepared meals or dining out during the busy week, plus fitting in exercise among the other things that need to get done - not enough time. I spend my weekends trying to catch up on things that slip over the week - like cleaning, laundry and preparing meals for the week that I don't find time to do my favorite activities and exercises. I already get up early to do some exercises in the morning, move around at work, home late to eat a quick bite and go to bed. Don't even have time to do my Sparkpeople website tracking most of the time! That is what we need help with when working a 50+ work week, any suggestions? - 8/21/2012 6:51:58 AM

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