Now that you know how to workout while at the office with our desk exercise blog post, it’s time to learn how to eat healthy when you’re at work. The quote, “you cannot ‘out-exercise’ a bad diet,” is definitely true. If you want to get to your optimal health level it’s important to improve what you’re putting in your body first.
While many people report it’s easy for them to workout at least three times per week, it’s not as easy for people to make the right choices when it comes to food. Whether it’s due to lack of knowledge, a busy schedule or your colleagues consistently asking you to eat out, people are just not eating how they should. Because of this realization in our own office, we’ve put together a guide to eating right while you’re at work.
Always start your day with a healthy, hearty breakfast. You’ve heard it over and over because it’s true: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast provides energy that is required for your body to function efficiently at the start of the day, and it also makes it easier for you to control your diet throughout the day. Wake up a bit earlier and prepare breakfast at home. Most of the breakfast options on the go are unhealthy or full of sugar. Some great breakfast options include oatmeal with fruits and nuts, slices of whole-wheat toast, a cup of yogurt or granola cereal.
Reduce coffee, increase water. We know; coffee is addicting. However, in excess quantities it can be detrimental to your health because it contains caffeine. On top of that, coffee can be high in calories when you add sugar and cream. Try exchanging your coffee with more water. Many times, if you feel hungry your body is actually dehydrated and asking for water. A healthy intake of water throughout the day will increase your health and reduce food cravings—especially those that are unhealthy.
Eat a healthy lunch. The best option would be to bring your lunch with you. This allows you to really know what you’re putting into your body. The ideal lunch would include low-sodium meats, vegetables and whole grain foods. If you’re not able to bring a lunch, most restaurants have a great salad option. Try to make the majority of your plate green!
Snack right. If you have a fear of snacking, it’s time to change your perspective. Snacking in a healthy way will increase your metabolism and suppress your hunger pangs between meals. Some healthy snacks you can easily bring to work include unsalted mixed nuts, fruits, raisins, prunes, granola bars, low-sodium beef jerky and low-fat string cheese.
Now, combine your desk exercises with these healthy eating tips and you’re on your way to reaching your optimal health level – all while at work. Share with us other healthy eating tips that have helped you!