Several individuals do not succeed in their passion to maintain a healthy diet due to the lack of knowledge of eating healthy at work. When at work, many find it difficult to stay committed to a diet plan due to several unavoidable reasons such as colleagues might request to eat with them, availability of lots of delicious food at workplace, etc. It's quite possible that most of us might be tempted to eat unhealthy food quite often as we spend a lot of time at work place without many healthy food options. Given ahead are easy to follow tips that can make the workplace a nutritionally positive experience.
Have Breakfast at Home
As breakfast tends to be a very important meal of the day, it's best not to skip it. After all it gives the much needed energy to your body to function effectively when the day begins, and it also paves the way for you to control your diet for the rest of the day. You might have problem controlling your hunger and there's a strong possibility that you could end up eating unhealthy food in case you don't eat anything in the morning. Another reason for having breakfast at home is that most snacks that are sold outside are fattening and far away from being nutritious. If you don't have time to eat breakfast at home then you can bring it at your workplace. Foods that you can bring in for breakfast could include slices of toasted whole wheat bread, oatmeal with nuts, dried fruits and a cup of yogurt.
Increase Intake of Water
A good way to overcome your hunger is to drink lot of water, which is also good for your health. Just drink a glass of water if you ever feel hungry while at work and see the result; your craving for food will significantly get reduced. Also, drinking more water can effectively result in weight loss. Feeling hungry can sometimes be an indicator that you are thirsty which you may recognize as hunger.
Divide your Meals
You can get hungry, especially when you have a lot of work and you could find yourself eating anything that's available around your workplace. Dividing your meals is one of the ways to prevent hunger. Rather than having a heavy lunch, you can eat half the portion at lunch time and the other half 2 to 3 hours later.
Have Healthy Lunch
These days several restaurants provide great salad options and you can eat lunch at such places if you want to eat a healthy meal. Bringing your lunch from home is the better option. A healthy lunch must include vegetables, whole grain foods and lean meat or dal.
Lessen Intake of Coffee
As coffee has an energizing effect, it's one of the most commonly consumed beverage at workplace. However, it can be harmful for your health due to the presence of caffeine in it. When consumed with cream and sugar, it also gets high in calories. You could also have trouble cutting out coffee entirely from your diet since it's quite addictive. So try drinking just one small cup a day without adding cream and sugar if possible.
Healthy eating at work comes under corporate wellness program and there are very few institutes who emphasize on health nutrition at work. So, it's highly suggested to consult an astute nutritionist who can help you eat healthy when not at home.
Arati Shah is an astute nutritionist having expertise in offering all types nutrition to different individuals and corporate. Having earned a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition along with a Post-Graduation in Sports Sciences and Nutrition from S.N.D.T Juhu, she is one of the top 10 dietitians who can also guide one through weight loss in Mumbai and corporate wellness programs with same efficacy. She heads the Nutrition team in Mumbai and takes personal interest in each and every client of Café Nutrition.