It can be really hard to control your diet while working. The phenomenon of worker’s grabbing a cup of coffee and a pastry on their way to the office is an all too often occurrence and can lead to bad health if done regularly. It is also extremely easy to follow a diet at home and then ignore you’re diet while working. This can harm your progress if you don’t adjust accordingly. However there are some tips that you can follow to ensure you eat healthy at work, both during lunch times and at those after hours meet-ups with clients or work colleagues.
1. Don’t Skip Breakfast
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but many of us choose to ignore this. Breakfast is proven to increase your level of alertness, your energy and even your work performance. Some nutritionists also claim that eating breakfast regularly can increase your mood levels, which is always a plus! Grabbing a Danish pastry and a high fat coffee before you get to the office is not going to help your work diet at all however so either take the time to wake up early and make something nutritious or prepare something the night before which you can take to work with you. Omelettes, wholemeal toast, rye bread and porridge are all great ways to start your day.
2. Healthy Lunch Options
The best way to diet at work is to ensure you eat a healthy lunch. Sandwiches, paninis and even shop bought salads are not as healthy as they sound and can actually do more harm than good. The only way that you can be sure of what is in your food is to prepare it yourself. Homemade salads, sandwiches (on wholemeal bread), or even a rice meal are great work diet alternatives and quite often can be much more tasty too!
3. Snacks After Work
As there is quite often a large gap between lunch and dinner, you will want to look into incorporating some healthy snacks into your diet at work. Good options are celery sticks with hummus, carrot sticks or a piece of fruit. Cereal bars are also an option as long as they have a protein to carbohydrate ratio of 1:4 or less.
4. Evening Meal
If you have been invited out for dinner with your work colleagues or a client, you can still follow your work diet. Poached and grilled alternatives are the ideal choice when it comes to eating healthy at work and fried or creamy foods should be avoided wherever possible. It is also a good idea to restrict your intake of nibbles like bread and cheeses unless you want to end up back at square one with your work diet.
It is easy to eat healthy at work if you take the time to prepare food from scratch and take it with you to the office. A work diet doesn’t have to be boring and in many cases it can be a lot tastier than what you would normally eat! Remember to stay hydrated and take some time away from your desk to enjoy your food. Your body will thank you for it!