Work environments can be a difficult to navigate. Often it can be hard to avoid foods offered by colleagues, or readily available at the office. So, here are our top tips to help you overcome some of these challenges:
- Don't let yourself get hungry as you will be much less likely to resist temptations. Always have a satisfying breakfast with a good serving of protein in the morning, and make sure you have a balanced lunch meal planned.
- Aim to stay well hydrated throughout the day which can help with your energy levels and appetite. The body can mistake the signals of thirst for hunger, so always try to have a large glass of water before a snack. A good tip is to keep a bottle of water on your desk.
- Have your own snacks available in the office, especially if you are going more than 5 hours between meals. Nuts are a convenient option that can be kept in your drawer at work. Alternatively, you could try a small tin of tuna, a piece of fruit with natural nut butter, or pre-chopped vegetable sticks with hummus dip.
- If you feel comfortable, it can be really helpful to speak to your work colleagues about the lifestyle changes you're making. Explain that you find it difficult to resist particular foods when offered and would prefer if they weren't readily available (e.g. could your colleagues keep these foods in a different area of the office?).
- Get people at work on board with you! Suggest a health challenge for the month such as a steps challenge between your work teams, or a recipe sharing day. You could also discuss with your manager about bringing in a healthy food policy.
- Don't be afraid to take a moment to yourself if you need to collect your thoughts and avoid temptations. For example, you could put in a pair of headphones at your desk and try 5 minutes of meditation or calming music. Alternatively, if morning tea is a particularly challenging time, why not try a 10 minute walk around the block? This will also help with your stress levels!