Happy new year everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful Winter break and have set many healthful, prosperous goals for 2018. Today, when I went back into the office I noticed how challenging it can be to maintain a healthy diet at work. I started a job at a start up here in Seattle and so far it’s been great. The people are nice, the work is interesting and the snacks…are endless! We have Nature Box delivered multiple times per day (I’m not kidding!) and even though the bag says “nutritionist approved,” I’m not impressed. Canola oil, soybean oil, and refined sugar are the opposite of nutritious in my humble opinion. Yet these delicious smelling snacks that I would never buy for myself are awfully hard to resist.
Here are my five no fail tips that will keep your goals and diet on track:
Eat breakfast before you go into work. Eggs, avocado, sausage, and sauerkraut is truly a breakfast of champions. Starting your day with healthy fat and beneficial probiotics will keep you fueled for hours and make it easier to resist the free donuts on the desk next to you. Fueling your body with proper nutrition at the beginning of your day will make you feel good and keep you from craving sugar at 10:00am.
Drink lots of water! I have a 64oz hydro flask that I bring to work everyday (full of water from my local artesian spring because it is DELICIOUS). Having tasty water and lots of it makes it easy to stay hydrated and out of the kitchen. It also doubles as a convenient way for me to track my daily water intake. Humans often mistake thirst for hunger so make sure you drink up early and often.
Read labels. I have been reading food labels for decades. When I notice something has canola or soybean oil, a likely genetically modified plant and possibly rancid oil, I am way less likely to crave it. It’s also alarming when I notice that something has 24 grams of sugar because I’d rather save up my daily sugar intake for something I really love, like Honey Mama’s Raw Chocolate <3
Bring snacks to work. Olives are my go-to snack at work. If you start to get hungry, fuel up on some healthy fat! It will help satiate you and if you do end up indulging in a sweet treat, the healthy fat will allow your body to be more forgiving by naturally balancing out your blood sugar levels. Healthy fats (avocado, nuts) are the best way to recover from an accidental sugar overdose.
Resist! Did you know that self control is a muscle? Just like anything else, in order to gain self control, we must exercise self control. Each time you resist something you know will not serve you in the long run, it will make it that much easier for you to say no tomorrow and the next day.
I hope these 5 tips help you stay on track to achieve your highest potential during 2018. What are some ways you maintain a healthy diet while at the office?