Nothing may be more tempting than free food at the office. The doughnuts, muffins, chips and crackers… Not only is it free, but it sits in the break room all day taunting you. To make matters worse, typical office food has little, if any, nutritional value and it can wreck havoc on your healthy eating goals.
Here are a few very effective tricks to help you refuse all that free, fattening office food!
Bring Healthy Foods Or Pack Your Own Lunch
If you know your coworkers are planning a party or that there will be free office food, plan ahead. If it’s a potluck party where everybody brings something, make a healthy dish to share. If your employer is providing the food, pack your own lunch that day.
Have Healthy Snacks Ready
Then, there are those surprise moments, like when one of your co-workers decides to bring in doughnuts for the office or your employer wants to treat the staff. You can be prepared for these unexpected days by always have a variety of healthy snacks in your desk.
Drink Plenty Of Water
A great way to minimize your cravings for sweets is to make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Studies show that drinking water can help to reduce cravings and appetite. You should always keep an extra bottle of water in your office for days like this.
Avoid The Break Room
If just the sight and smell of all that free food in the break room is just too much, avoid the break room altogether! You know the old phrase “Out of sight, out of mind” — it really can work in this case. This may mean going out of your way for water or to use the restroom, but at least it will minimize your temptation.
Enlist An Accountability Partner
It is always a smart idea to use the buddy system. Find a coworker that you can confide in and trust to hold you accountable. Ask them to remind you on those free food days of your commitment to not eat unhealthy foods. It is best to pair up with a coworker who also wants to avoid the free food options. This way you can hold each other accountable.
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