The temptations of the workplace can get the best of all of us at times. Everyone develops bad habits at work and a lot of them have to do with food. With heavy workloads, back-to-back meetings, and business lunches, your waistline can take quite the beating by the end of the week. So what can you do?
A lot of the time it’s easy to think you’re eating healthy when in actual fact you’re sabotaging your best efforts. So let’s take a look at a fairly common workday and see if you recognize any of these unhealthy eating habits.
1. Missing Breakfast
Without a doubt, mornings are hectic and there never seems to be enough time to get everything done. When you have kids to feed, dogs to walk, and the school run, there’s barely any time left to worry about yourself. Sometimes it’s just easier to run out the door without breakfast. You’ll pick up something along the way.
You decide to go through the drive-thru and pick up one of your favorite egg sandwiches. You know the ones that boast only 5 ingredients on the label, but actually contain over 50 and most of those are either genetically modified or additives you can’t pronounce.
So that’s breakfast taken care of, or so you think. Just as you’re about to bite into your sandwich, your phone rings and it’s your boss. She’s set up a meeting first thing and needs you there right away. The sandwich gets tossed aside and instead, you settle for extra cream and sugar in your coffee to keep you going.
2. Stuck In Meetings All Day
But you’re in luck. As soon as you walk into the boardroom, you’re met with the delicious smell of coffee and there in the center of the table is a great pile of baked goods, a large pitcher of orange juice, a huge fruit platter and coffee galore. That’ll fill you up till lunch. You help yourself to a glass of juice, a fruit muffin and a generous helping of honeydew, cantaloupe, grapes, and strawberries.
3. Skipping Lunch
You’re feeling guilty about the extra muffin you had at the meeting, so you decide to skip lunch and settle for some more fruit that you’ll eat at your desk. You have to get the meeting report done by 1 p.m., so no time to stop. Another cup of coffee should be enough to keep you going till 3 p.m.
4. Mindless Snacking
Around 3 p.m., you start dragging your feet and head for the kitchen for another cup of coffee to wake you up. On your way back to your desk, you pass the vending machine and purchase a chocolate milk, a bag of nuts, and some cheese and crackers. You promise yourself when you get home, you’ll just have a salad or something light to make up for all the snacks during the day.
5. Working Late
But your 4 p.m. meeting is running over time and it’s going to be another late night tonight. You’ll just have to pick up a pizza on the way home and call it a day.
That’s a pretty typical workday for a lot of us – going for long periods without proper fuel, drinking too much coffee and filling up on high sugar foods to stay energized. At the end of the day, it all adds up and can cause weight gain, high stress and reduced productivity. So what do you do?
Try getting into the habit of cooking your meals in batches once or twice a week, so you always have food on hand when you need it. Known as meal prep, it’s a simple trick that takes all the hassle out of eating healthy. All you have to do is cook a batch of protein like chicken, a batch of carbohydrates like sweet potatoes or rice, and a batch of veggies like green beans and you have the makings for a healthy, well-balanced meal that’s perfect for packed lunches at work.
You can use the meal prepping principle for every meal, including breakfast and even your kids’ lunches. It’s really the only way to stay on track no matter where you are during the day. Just pack up your lunch bag cooler with enough meals and healthy snacks to get you through the day and you’re all set. All you have to do is grab it and go in the morning.
When you have a meal bag packed full of healthy eats with you at work, there’s no reason to get off track.
Sport Your Lifestyle
The Fitmark Team