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Eating Healthier at the Office

10 Ways to Make Your Workplace Work for Your Diet


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  • Plan ahead: bring your lunch. If possible snack every few hours on fruit or steamed veggies.
    Try not to let yourself get so hungry that you will eat anything that does not move!

    And never forget to have breakfast. Ideally do not eat at your desk but instead find a quite place where you will not be distracted but can focus on your food and the nourishing benefits it is providing. - 4/15/2013 4:46:48 AM
  • The library where I work has a cafe connected to it. It's maddening to sit at the desk and have the smell of brownies and scones wafting toward me all day. I do need to start packing snacks so I can resist the temptation of the cafe!

    (Not to mention making use of the coffee maker in the break room for my caffeine!) - 1/27/2013 9:35:06 PM
  • This is a really good list! I just started a new job and I've been great about bringing my own food (weekend cooking, full freezer) and have only succumbed to Friday treats in the kitchen once. I keep picturing the treats as picked-over and germy, and except for the white chocolate last Friday, It has worked. AND thankfully for me the soda and junk are on a completely different floor.

    I've been really worried about starting a new job and restarting some old, bad behaviors. I'd love to read more articles like this! - 1/27/2013 1:19:26 PM
  • This article is good timing for me. I'm starting a new job this week so I can establish good habits right from the beginning! - 1/27/2013 6:47:23 AM
  • 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
    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
    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). has helped me with balancing life/home/work. Good luck! - 8/21/2012 1:54:29 PM
    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

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