Many workers find their wages are frozen in this volatile financial climate, but their waistlines are steadily gaining. Part of this could be the pressure to stay important to the company, but we also put pressure on ourselves to succeed. If you find you are more sedentary lately and wish you could reach a good balance between staying healthy and staying on top of your job, you aren’t alone. At stressful times, reaching for the breakroom donuts is tempting, but here are a few tips to help you avoid workplace snacking.
First, according to fitness19.com, start out the day with a good breakfast. Protein, such as that found in eggs, cheese and lean meats can fill you up and make it less likely you’ll crave sweets at work. Make-ahead power bars or healthy muffins can get you out of the door quickly and still keep you fit. Try getting a drink of water every hour. Our bodies are mostly water and they need replenishment to run effectively. Keep healthy snacks in a special drawer at work. That may sound like planning to fail, but protein snacks, and those filled with vitamins and minerals will help you avoid a mid-morning slump when you are most likely to visit the break room. Speaking of the breakroom, it is best to avoid it altogether. Instead, take a walk. Go outside or just walk through the halls. You will avoid the fattening treats and get some exercise in as well. This is especially true if you are having difficulty with a project. Stress can make us reach for the comfort of a fatty treat. So, when you are feeling frustrated or over-taxed, take a walk, or just stop and stretch.
Fitwatch.com recommends packing your lunch at least three times a week. You can take food that will fill you up and keep you full longer while watching the calories your lunch contains. Don’t ever skip a meal. That makes you vulnerable to that slump we mentioned, and more likely to feel deprived of the sweets. Another hint is to brush your teeth, or use mouthwash, a few times a day. If that doesn’t appeal to you, try sucking on a strong mint or chew gum. Your fresh mouth will discourage you from snacking.
You may feel like you can’t do this alone, and you are probably right. So, get someone to join you. First, that makes you accountable to someone and, second, it gives you company on your walk. Another idea is to go to your supervisor or boss and ask if you can start a competition. Change the culture of your entire office to healthy eating. There are many benefits to an employer such as fewer sick days, less stress and higher employee morale. Your boss may even subsidize the program with prizes. Even if he doesn’t, however, you’ll see the rewards in a healthier, more energetic you.