Changing your diet habits can be tough stuff, especially when you have to eat away from home! Staying on track while managing social lunches, boredom, and energy drain at work can be the biggest challenge, but there are ways to get around those issues! Check out the tips below to help you manage your diet while at work!
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Pack your lunch and snacks.
It sounds like a no-brainer, but you won’t believe how many people try to make their diet work while going to the same rotation of lunch spots with their co-workers. Honestly, there are only so many days in a row that you can eat a chef salad at lunch, and that’s if you’re lucky enough to find a spot that offers one in the first place! Packing your lunch will help you save a ton of money, which worst case scenario helps you pay for higher quality food products, best case scenario you save for a vacation or go shopping for clothes! Besides saving money, you’ll be able to eat exactly what you need to eat when you need to eat it!
It’s not as hard as it might sound, at first. #MealPrepping is an entire (and beautiful) hashtag on instagram where you can get inspiration on how to prepare all your lunches for the week at the same time! While you’re at it, prep snacks (think carrots and celery, hummus, yogurt, small salads or fruit salads, cheese cubes– the list of possibilities is huge!) that will keep you from wandering to the vending machine.
Drink lots of water.
Especially while we’re working, we often feel bored or thirsty and mistake it for hunger! If you’re getting the munchies but you know it’s not time for a snack yet, have a glass of water. You can take a bottle with you to make infused water if you like flavors, or you can even brew cold teas to take with you! Of course, if it’s hot, have a coffee or a tea here and there, but the point is to stay hydrated and to give yourself a chance to fix your munchies issue before diving into another plate of food!
While you don’t want to go overboard with treating yourself, you don’t want to go overboard on your strict diet either! Decide on one day per week where you can treat yourself with something– a lunch out with your coworkers, a snack from the vending machine, a soda after lunch– but only once per week! And of course, if you’re really on track and don’t want to invite temptation back into your life, treat yourself with something else– a lunch time manicure, lunch in the park instead of in your office, or something else that you can look forward to every week. Use it to reward yourself for sticking to your diet each week!
Find a partner.
There’s probably someone else in your office that’s dieting, too. Or maybe one of your teammates wants to start bringing their lunch too but they don’t want to eat lunch alone every day. Find your people! Talk to them about eating lunch together in the office a few times per week (or every day, or once per week, whatever floats your boats). That way you won’t feel antisocial or alone at lunch every day and you’ll even have someone to trade tips with and chat with over lunch! You could even work together to bring different snacks each day– you just pack two of whatever you’d take for yourself, and she packs two of whatever she was bringing for her! Basically, find a way to make the diet scene at your office less lonely. It’s always easier to stay on track with something when you enjoy it, so find ways to make your diet easy to follow and enjoyable!
What are your top tips for following your diet in the workplace?
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