Whether we are working in an office environment, on a business trip, or even from home, one of our greatest challenges is fueling our bodies with good, nourishing food. Each work situation provides its own traps and potential pitfalls, so it’s important to have a plan to make healthy eating at work a priority.
Even if you’re happy with your weight, most people can benefit from reducing low quality foods with more nutritious alternatives. Eating well improves your performance in any work environment, giving you more energy and better concentration. So in the interest of productivity, here are some tips for eating healthy no matter where you are working from.
Eating healthy at the office
When you work at an office, the main dietary dangers
are treats in the break room, the vending machine, and a sedentary work day. There are also times when you may find yourself having to attend a catered meeting or event. Some things you can do to steer clear of these dangers, or at least mitigate the consequences, include:
- Listening to your body. Are you actually hungry? Or are you mistaking another feeling for hunger, such as thirst, boredom or anxiety? Or possibly you’re just eating a treat because it looks scrumptious. Try to eat only when you are truly hungry.
- Staying hydrated. We often mistake thirst for hunger, so make sure you stay hydrated. A reusable water bottle with ounce markings can help you drink the right about of water consistently throughout the day.
- Eating mindfully. If you simply have to have a taste of whatever treat is lurking in the break room, fully engage in the experience and really enjoy it.
Eating healthy on the road
When your job involves lots of traveling
, or even if you’re just on a one-time business trip, your regular eating habits can easily be thrown out of whack. The main pitfalls here are convenience and lack of time. When you’re living in a hotel room, you often have nothing in the way of a kitchen besides a mini fridge and a microwave. And for a business trip lasting three nights or less, it doesn’t make sense to go grocery shopping anyway. So we end up relying on restaurants, fast food, and room service. To eat more healthily while traveling, try this:
- Prep some food ahead of time. Preparing in bulk surprisingly doesn’t take very long to do, if you have a plan. You can prep for, say, breakfast and lunch each day you are traveling, and that will go a long way in improving your nutrition.
- Make healthy swaps. Business trips often mean stressful, high stakes meetings and presentations, and that can lead to stress eating. If you think you’ll be tempted to reach for unhealthy comfort foods, find a healthier version of your favorites and make them ahead of time.
Eating healthy when you’re working from home
It seems like telecommuters would have it made, but working at home has its own dietary challenges
. The primary one is that many people working from home are entrepreneurs who are burning the candle at both ends trying to launch or expand their business. This leaves them very little time (or energy) to prepare healthy meals. But eating well is the only way to ensure you’re giving your body what it needs to bring your A-game.
- Find some healthy, yummy recipes that can be made in a snap. If something takes more than 20 minutes to make, chances are you can’t be bothered.
- Always remember the connection between what you eat and how you perform. Your business needs the best of you!
- Implement a few small changes, and make them consistent. This is more effective than trying to become “perfect” overnight.