Most full-time employees eat at least one meal at work. Not only are a significant number of meals eaten in the workplace, but work is also where employees are most susceptible to distracted or stress-related eating.
Good nutrition is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and eating healthier can increase your productivity, lower the amount of sick leave you take and reduce your risk of being in an on-the-job accident.
- To start eating heathier at work today, consider doing the following:
- Avoid junk food. Clean your desk or work area of junk food. This includes snacks like sweets, crisps or biscuits.
- Make time to eat full meals. While work can get busy, it’s critical that you make time to eat a healthy meal. Not only does eating a nutritious breakfast or lunch increase your energy, but it can also help you remain fuller for longer, thus reducing snacking.
- Bring leftovers into work. When cooking your dinner each night, consider setting aside portions for your lunch the next day. Not only does this make meal planning easier, it can also save you money.
- Bring in bottles of water. Make an effort to drink water throughout the day. This can help energise you, supress your appetite and aid in weight loss.
- Snack smart. Snacks aren’t entirely off the table when you’re trying to eat healthy. Foods like dried fruit, jerky, nuts and applesauce are all good alternatives to unhealthy crisps and sweets.
While eating home-cooked meals is one of the easiest ways to eat healthier, certain jobs require employees to be on the road often. This, unfortunately, can lead to eating out more.
In this case, being careful about the kinds of food you order and the portion sizes can make all the difference in managing weight gain.