07 Jun 5 Tips to Avoid Mindless Midday Munching at the Office
Free snacks in the office are always a nice perk – that is until they start to stretch the waist line and lead to weight gain or fatigue. Creating healthy office habits take initiative, will-power, and discipline. It’s easy to cave to a slice of office birthday cake and a box of doughnuts. It’s harder to take time to find out what snacks complete you and make you happy.
Eating healthy is choosing to be different and investing in your health. Snacks are often one of the quickest and temporary remedies to boredom, loneliness, or stress. Due to the convenience of office snacks, it can be hard to be fully conscious or have self control of your eating choices. Office snacks can lift your mood, but they can also raise your blood sugar.
- Be Conscious
Fight irrational behavior by making decisions consciously. Whether it be taking a couple deep breaths, taking a mindfulness walk, or even chanting ‘water, water, water!,’ find methods that help you make better decisions. Leaving your eating habits up to willpower is not an option. Make specific limits to help you effectively bypass any cookies or cakes thrown your way. It doesn’t mean you can’t indulge once in a while. Making plans such as having only 1 cookie a day or even 2 cookies a week is better than having 5 in one sitting.
- Bring your own snacks
Suppressing hunger and cravings are not the answer. Come prepared with a backup snack. Pack fresh fruits and vegetables in travel friendly containers like tupperware or ziplock bags. Experiment with sliced bell peppers, carrots with hummus, peanut butter and bananas, almonds, or even an avocado. Even if preparing fresh snacks take time or cost more, it’s an investment toward a healthier and happier you.
- Take your time
Savor the moment. Flip the focus off of food and into conversations, breathing, or positive experiences. Eating slowly and taking time to savor each bite of breakfast and lunch can help you appreciate not only food, but also your life. Find a quiet place to sit and meditate at work
- Water water water
Soda, juice, and sugary drinks are all poor alternatives to the OG drink: water. Our bodies are composed of 60% water and drinking at least 8 cups of water a day is essential to maintaining that balance. Water is also the key to fighting negative nutrition. Drinking water combats extra snacking and simplifies the decision making process. Use water as a replacement for snacking to help pass those urges away.
- Be the Role Model
Snacking is often a conditioned response to an external pressure rather than an internal response to hunger. Make healthy snacking a practice by standing up for your health. Exercise your willpower and resist those office snacks by going for a walk and fighting boredom. Take regular breaks from your desk to avoid stress from building.
Planning is key to building healthy habits. Mindless midday munching is never a good thing. However with nutrient dense whole foods on standby such as fruits, vegetables, or yogurt, you can get more out of your snack than just a sugar rush.
Christin Lee is a yoga instructor, entrepreneur, and lifestyle blogger living in NYC with a passion for universal human rights. She currently writes for InsiderEnvy a site focused on travel, health, and eyecare.