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Eating healthy at work can be difficult and requires a lot of self-control. It is easy to fall into the habit of eating fast food when you are working outside of your home. Stopping at your favorite fast-food restaurant on your way to work can be very tempting. When coworkers are having unhealthy foods delivered to the office, you may have a hard time saying no to all the unhealthy food that is available to you. However, with a little discipline and by choosing the right snacks, you can learn how to eat healthy while you are at work.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
You have probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While that may or may not be true, eating breakfast is an important step to eating healthy at work. Before leaving the house, eat something that is both healthy and filling such as eggs, yogurt, or oatmeal. Some people even enjoy sprinkling dry oatmeal on top of their yogurt for some added texture. This will curb your appetite throughout the day. Going by a coffee shop may not be the best idea, but that doesn’t mean you have to quit drinking coffee. Coffee actually has beneficial qualities including antioxidants and boosted energy. Just make sure that you don’t add too much sugar and cream whenever you do decide to drink some coffee.
Snack Time is Important
If you are feeling hungry, you may feel as though lunchtime is an eternity away. It can be especially tempting to indulge in some unhealthy snacks such as candy bars and potato chips. Be sure to throw all those unhealthy snacks out of your office, and don’t go near the vending machine if you work at a building that has one. Instead, look for some snack bars that contain plenty of antioxidants. Not only are antioxidant snack bars packed with flavor, nutrients, and of course antioxidants, they are also gluten- and dairy-free. Having a healthy snack before lunch can help you avoid feeling hungry, and can even provide you with enough energy to keep working hard. Consider keeping a few bars in your bag or desk drawer for pre-lunch snacking. Drinking water can also help fill up your stomach, so remember to stay hydrated while you are having a snack.
Pack a Healthy Lunch from Home
Make sure to pack a healthy lunch instead of ordering greasy fast food. Sandwiches, baked chips, and salads are a few healthy options. Take care not to load your salads and sandwiches down too much dressing or sandwich spread. Even the low-fat options are high in calories. If you get hungry before the end of the workday, feel free to grab another antioxidant snack bar or some yogurt to keep your stomach satisfied.
It Will Only Get Easier
Sometimes when people decide to start eating healthier, they notice that they begin to feel hungrier than usual. This is because their bodies have become accustomed to eating more than is necessary. Although eating meals will not cause your stomach to shrink, maintaining a healthy diet can help your body feel more satisfied after eating less food. By continuing to eat healthy foods, you will eventually start to notice that it will be easier to get through your entire day without feeling too hungry.
Healthy eating while at work is completely achievable with a little guidance and self-discipline. Snacking is an important strategy to keep you from overeating during mealtimes; however, it is important to choose the right snacks. Snacks, that contain excessive amounts of chocolate are not filling and are full of sugar and calories. Instead, choose healthy snacks that will fill you up and give you the energy you need to move forward.
By Brooke Chaplan
who is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home and residing in Los Lunas, New Mexico.