There are so many temptations when it comes to food in the office. Donuts on Mondays. Bagel Wednesdays. Not to mention there is always a cake or a cupcake taunting you every time a coworker's birthday rolls around. It can seem almost impossible to be healthy when your entire workplace is offering you otherwise unhealthy and fattening snacks every five seconds. But I'm here to tell you that there is a way to be healthier behind your office desk! And if you already caved in and ate that donut, don't feel as if the entire day is shot and you should just keep eating donuts. You can still salvage the day and turn your unhealthy morning letdown into a much healthier rest of the day!
1. Drink water.
You know how they say to drink 8 glasses of water a day? Well I'm going to say it again. You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day! Keep in mind that your body sometimes just thinks that it is hungry when really it is just dehydrated. Instead of picking up a bag of gummy bears in the break room, pour yourself a glass of water. I promise this will help curb your hunger cravings.
2. Skip the chips.
When you make the healthy decision to skip the fast food and opt for a deli sandwich for lunch, you can completely blow your quick health kick by adding a side of chips or a big glass of soda. Skip the bad stuff when you order out for lunch. Whether it is fast food or a five star rated restaurant, those meals are loaded with calories. Skip all the nonsense and just order the main meal. You will be eating half the calories that you would have eaten had you gotten a full meal, chips and all!
3. Keep healthy snacks in your office.
We all get hunger cravings throughout the day. But how we choose to subside the feeling differs between people. A quick trick I've learned is to keep healthy snacks in your office drawer. This way when you are feeling hungry, you won't be tempted to walk to the break room and grab some candy. You will have carrots and celery sticks a mere inches away from you!
4. Take a walk.
When your body starts to crave some sugar at that mid-afternoon point, take a walk! Chances are you are just tired and your body is craving something to wake itself up. Instead of giving in to a candy bar, take a quick stroll around the office. This will boost your energy level and gives you a quick exercise in the middle of the day!
5. Don't stress.
Everybody is stressed about certain things. Maybe you are stressed about your home and it's lack of alarm system. I know of a company called Hurst home security that has made me much less stressed about the safety of my home. And when I'm less stressed, I don't eat as much! You know what I'm talking about. You start to think about all the things going wrong in your life and you binge eat to take your mind off of it. And that binge eating usually results in the consumption of one too many cookies! If you minimize the amount of stress in your life, you are less likely to eat fattening foods to make yourself feel better. Less stress, less stress eating. Simple as that!About the author: Carly is a health freak. She loves anything outdoorsy and all things athletic. She is always tweeting her activities and instagramming her food.