Is your office full of unhealthy snacks? Do you keep reaching for them when you’re hungry or bored? Or have you made it a habit to just grab something from the snack basket every time you walk past?
Offices can be full of trip wires when you’re trying to start living and eating healthier. Try these three tips to navigate your way around the office snack traps!
- Keep healthy, nutritious snacks like fruit, vegetable sticks or nuts at your desk. That way, when you get hungry, you have these healthier options to fall back on instead of grabbing a bag of potato chips or a chocolate bar. If your goal is to lose weight, you still need to take into account that you need to be in a slight caloric deficit for that to happen, so in that case it might be smart to focus on lower calorie snacks like fresh vegetables sticks and fruit instead of dried fruit and nuts.
- Get to know yourself. Learn to differentiate between real hunger and the times when you just want to eat out of boredom, frustration or out of habit. Reserve your snacking for the times you’re actually hungry, and find other strategies to deal with boredom and frustration.
- Realise that treats can have their place in a healthy, balanced diet. Sweets do NOT need to be avoided like the plague, and you don’t need to beat yourself up over eating that one chocolate bar that one time. Just make sure to prioritise whole, nutritious foods, and pick your moments for when indulging is worth it to you. That might be a colleague bringing cake for their birthday, a work lunch or whatever else you feel is important to you. Just don’t let those moments take over! It might be a good idea to limit them to 1-2 times a week if you’re trying to lose weight.
What are your biggest challenges when it comes to food at the office? Comment below!