Staying Healthy at Work
There is no shame in admittting that stayig 'healthy' at work can be a struggle. Biscuits, cakes, chocolates in the staff room. Pizza Friday's, collegue's birthdays and late night work snacks. Your willpower is well and truly tested to the max. Each day you head to work with the mind set that today you will not cave, you will not have a cheeky buiscuit which usually turns into half the tin, you will say no to birthday cake etc. However mid morning comes around and you are starting to flag, the office troops head to the kitchen to make a cup of tea you follow and find yourself tucking into a biscuit before you even have the chance to think about your morning's mind set of not caving. Following the biscuit comes guilt which leads to negative feelings and emotions so when birthday cake is passed around at lunch time you take a slice thinking 'I have already blown it today, I will start again tomorrow'. Does this sound like you and your work collecgues?
Here are my top tips to staying healthy at work and preventing willpower downfalls....
BE PREPARED or PREPARE to FAIL...
Prepare your meals before you get to work. Even if you don't physically prepare them at least make a note on your phone in notes or on my fitness pal. Plan your main meals and your snacks to reduce the decision making and thus reserving self control and willpower.
Plan meals and snacks that interest you and that you know you enjoy eating. There is no point prepping a plain salad with bland chicken breast if you know when it gets to lunch time you will take one look at it and head to the shops. Spice up your salad, add some tomatoes, mushrooms, toasted seeds, apple etc etc. Be imaginative with your meals and snacks... 2x rice cakes with low calorie cheese triangle.
Think PROTEIN...protein is more satiating than high sugar (carb) snacks.
Make yourself a schedule and stick to it. Plan not only WHAT you will be eating but also WHEN you will be eating. Try and avoid skipping meals.
get out on your lunch break and go for a brisk walk or better still hit the gym or local boot camp. Exercise aids cognitive (brain) function and will result in a more productive afternoon at work. A break from the office will also give you a chance to switch off, releave stress and diminish emotional eating habits.
Make sure you have a bottle of water on your desk or at work with you at all times. Take regular sips throughout the day. Staying hydrated will improve your cognitive functioning and aids in fat loss. Water will also keep you satieted...before you go to snack ask yourself am I hungry or thirsty?!
I hope these tips help you to stay healthy and happy at work. Change the tips to suit you as an individual. Rememeber to workout what works best for YOU!!! Consitency is key, create healthy habits, the more you stick to your habits the easier they become and before long you will be doing them without even having to think about it. Instead of heading to work every morning promising yourself today is the day you will be 'healthy' make a commitment, make a plan and stick to it. When you eliminate your excuses you will start seeing results.