Most full-time employees eat at least one meal at work. Not only are a significant number of meals eaten in the workplace, but work is also where employees are most susceptible to distracted or stress-related eating.
Good nutrition is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and eating healthier can increase your productivity, lower the number of sick days you take and reduce your risk of being in an on-the-job accident.
To start eating healthier at work today, consider doing the following:
Avoid junk food
Clean your desk or work area of junk food. This includes snacks like candy, chips or crackers.
Make time to eat full meals
While work can get busy, it’s critical that you make time to eat a healthy meal. Not only does eating a nutritious breakfast or lunch increase your energy, but it can also help you remain fuller for longer, thus reducing snacking.
Bring leftovers into work
When cooking your dinner each night, consider setting aside portions for your lunch the next day. Not only does this make meal planning easier, but it can also save you money.
Bring in bottles of water
Make an effort to drink water throughout the day. This can help energize you, suppress your appetite and aid in weight loss.
Snacks aren’t entirely off the table when you’re trying to eat healthily. Foods like dried fruit, jerky, nuts and applesauce are all good alternatives to unhealthy chips and candy bars.
While eating home-cooked meals is one of the easiest ways to eat healthier, certain jobs require employees to be on the road often. This, unfortunately, can lead to eating out more.
In this case, being careful about the kinds of food you order and the portion sizes can make all the difference in managing weight gain.
- Green Tea
- Granola Bars
- Beef Jerky
- Spinach Salad
- Carrots and Hummus