Good suggestions. I wouldn't tell everyone I was on a diet since some people take it as a challenge to test you. I just say No thanks, and take my own snacks where ever I go. I've never had a desk or worked in an office, but I would take my lunch if I did. I like fruit and nuts for snacks. You need protein to stabilize your blood sugar though. Small piece of cheese, a few nuts. Carbs just make you hungry in a short time if eaten alone. Where ever I go I take water and some nuts and/or an apple, cheese crackers. That way I won't be tempted to get junk food.
Some good suggestions, but I personally don't think suggestion number 2 is a good one. Announcing your intentions to the office is what dieters do, and dieting is a temporary mentality. Success is about your lifestyle, not your diet. How many times do you have other people in your office come and tell you they're making a lifestyle change? How many people at your office would you WANT to come to you to tell you about a lifestyle change (think about that one). Your lifestyle is personal, your commitment to changing it is personal - your support group is not a business matter.
While my company is wonderful about supporting healthy nutrition and fitness, there are still ample opportunities to to create havoc on my health goals at work. I plan ahead, eat six small meals per day (so I am never hungry) and I am prepared for the unexpected...for example, I sometimes have to unexpectedly stay late. So I keep some raw almonds and fruit cups handy. I also keep some Quaker Real Medleys around. Peanut butter is another good option (just use portion control). I am confronted with donuts and bagels all of the time but I try to be mindful...am I hungry? What will this do to my calorie counts for the day as a whole...most of the time I realize that I don't want the food.
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.
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!)
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!
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"
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 1:21:26 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!!!!
12/20/2012 9:19:44 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.
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