Written By Lewis Robinson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Cafeteria lunches are notoriously unappealing. In many cases, they are also low in nutrients and highly processed — two things you want to avoid. If you want to maintain nutrition at work, these tips can help keep you on the right track.
Pack Your Lunch
Sometimes this may be easier said than done but bringing your lunch from home is one sure way to maintain nutrition in the office. If your mornings tend to be hectic, try getting everything together the night before. Or, you might find that bringing a couple of days' worth of lunches at once is a good idea, assuming no one else in the office will be tempted to indulge.
You might be wondering about lunches that travel well. Luckily, you are not limited to dry sandwiches. Healthy options, such as salads, grain bowls, or even make-ahead burritos, can all be packed for a nice mid-day meal.
Rethink Convenience Food
If the latest recipe you found online has you overwhelmed and feeling like you need a call to the help desk, it may be time to rethink how much effort you put into weekday meals. Many people think of convenience food as inherently bad, but that isn't always the case.
The next time you visit the grocery store, take some extra time in the vegetable and deli sections. Many stores now offer pre-prepped foods to make pulling a meal together super easy. For example, prewashed salad greens, diced fruits and veggies, and chopped chicken make an excellent lunch, and all you have to do is open the containers.
Embrace Meal Prepping
Speaking of convenience, it doesn't get much easier than having healthy grab-and-go meals ready in the fridge or freezer. There is a learning curve when it comes to meal prepping, so be patient with yourself.
Maybe start small, with one or two different meals you are comfortable making. Over time, you can expand your efforts, so there is something new every day of the week.
Avoid Mindless Snacking
Many people noticed while working from home that they have easy access to snacks. Boredom strikes, and the fridge — or worse, the candy bowl — beckons for you to come to see what's available. If you want to keep nutrition levels up, you will have to resist the siren's call.
That's right; mindless snacking is a sure path to overindulging in low-nutrient foods. Before picking up a snack, stop and ask yourself if you are really hungry. This small step toward more mindful eating will help you eat healthier and help you become aware of what you do eat during the day.
Keep Snacks at Hand
Being mindful doesn't mean you won't get hungry during the day and need a quick snack. For those times, it is critical to keep a few of your favorite healthy snacks to enjoy. Fresh fruit, nuts, pumpkin seeds, and hummus with veggie sticks are a few ideas to get you started.
Skip the Breakroom Treat Bowl
Keeping your own snacks on hand will help you skip the office treat bowl or breakroom basket. You know the one, it sits on the counter loaded with chips, packaged cookies, and leftover birthday cake from yesterday's office party. Unfortunately, while those may all sound like a yummy distraction from the daily grind, they will not help you maintain nutrition.
That is why it is best to limit the time you linger in the breakroom. Instead, grab your healthy lunch from the fridge and sit outside to enjoy it surrounded by nature. Your health — and waistline — will thank you for it.
Drink Plenty of Water
Hydration is one of the most important aspects of your nutrition. Considering that the human body is more than half water, it is easy to see why. Give your body what it needs by drinking about eight glasses of water every day.
Keeping a reusable bottle with you makes it easy to keep track as you sip.
You can maintain nutrition at the office with a bit of planning. Keeping healthy snacks on hand, drinking lots of water, and bringing lunch from home are good ways to start.
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Lewis Robinson is a freelance writer and expert in health and fitness. When he isn’t writing he can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.
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