What do you do at work when it comes to lunch time? Are you prepared by taking in something you've made the night before? Do you head down to the local sandwich shop or do you forget and grab something less than healthy? What happens when Alice from accounts brings in a whole heap of chocolates because it's her birthday? Do you give into temptation?
It's very easy to let things slip at work but it doesn't have to be. If you're tied to a desk all day it can be really easy for your mind to wander and give into temptation. So, with that in mind, here's 5 things you can do today to help keep temptation at bay and become a healthier person at work.
Make good snacking easy.
At the start of the week, buy 5 pieces of fruit. Bananas, apples, kiwi, whatever you like. Then keep them on your desk and have one a day. Better still, encourage your colleagues to do the same and have a big fruit bowl in the middle of the office for you all to share.
Set your alarm 15 minutes early.
If you don't already take a packed lunch. Spend the time putting one together. Include whole grains, lean protein and vegetables. If you already take a packed lunch, leave for work earlier and park 15 minutes away from work and walk the rest.
It's important stuff and you probably should be drinking more of it. Have a bottle on your desk and take regular sips. It will help you concentrate and may stop you feeling hungry.
Get out at lunch time.
Go for a brisk walk, go to the gym if there's one nearby. Or how about this? Take your bike to work and go cycling at lunch time.
Ban the vending machine.
If you have one of these in your workplace. Start a campaign to have it removed. Or find out if it can be filled with healthy snacks. If the temptation is under your nose you're more likely to give into it. If you have a communal biscuit tin, or an unwritten rule where everyone brings in cakes on their birthday, suggest a change. Put the money in a pot and give it to a charity instead or treat the whole team to a healthy meal out.