(Stephanie is a guest blogger from The Cozy Cook.)
Ahhh, the office. Whether the workday is spent in countless meetings or seated behind a computer, one thing remains certain: Food is a major perk. It wakes us up, gives us energy, and breaks up the day. That being the case, it can be very easy to over-indulge. (Blame those long afternoons, and the 2 o’clock hour in general.) Luckily, here are some tips to help us pull through pretty successfully.
1. Drink Lots Of Water
Water is a key factor in weight-management. It acts as a metabolism booster, appetite suppressant, and anti-bloating agent. Having a glass of water before each meal can also help immensely in consuming fewer calories during that meal. It’s also a much healthier alternative over soda or sugary juices.
2. Bring Your Lunch From Home
Bringing your lunch from home allows you to pack sensible meal choices for yourself ahead of time so then when hunger strikes, lunch is served! We don’t always make the best choices when we’re starving so that’s no time to make a rash lunchtime decision. Not only that, but it can be a huge money-saver. Take that savings and go do something fun! Buzzfeed has some ideas for easy, healthy lunch ideas.
3. Pack Plenty Of Snacks
Eating snacks in between meals keeps your metabolism going and keeps your body fueled. You’ll also feel more satisfied, leaving less room for junk food cravings. Fruit, nuts, yogurt, veggies & light dip, hummus, granola, and cottage cheese are just some of the options at your disposal. You’ll feel great and avoid the guilt!
4. Get Moving
Working in an office can be mentally stimulating, but our bodies need some action throughout the day as well. Sneak in as much exercise as you can, even if in small doses. Not only will you burn more calories, but physical activity has been known to boost productivity as well. Just check out these Deskercise Tips!
5. Set Goals And Rewards
Setting tangible goals for yourself gives you something specific to strive for, along with a reward for following through with it. Example: Stick to home-packed food for a week, and you’ve earned yourself a manicure! And bonus, you’ll also feel better and maybe lose a few pounds while you’re at it!
6. Find A Buddy
Don’t underestimate the power in numbers! Find friends to get on the right track with. Friendly conversation will make those afternoon walks much more interesting, and you’ll have someone to swap healthy recipes with! Feel a junk-food craving coming on? Coworkers can make a great support system (or at least a distraction!).
7. Check Your Habits
Have you ever caught yourself with a mouthful of chips and thought, “Wait, when did I start eating?!” We are all creatures of habit, so try to be extra mindful of your snacking habits in the office. When you do snack, appreciate every bite – slow down and enjoy. Move out any junk foods that are too tempting or unhealthy – you may just end up eating it without even realizing.
8. Treat Yourself
Don’t deprive yourself completely. Not only is complete deprivation usually short-lived, but it’s also not necessary. Treat yourself now and then! Whether it’s a small Dove chocolate every afternoon or a small ice cream on Friday. This not only gives you something to look forward to, but it leaves you less likely to over-indulge on an unplanned snack attack.