Since starting the Love Your Life Program, I have influenced so many people along the way including my coworkers. I have earned the title of “Food Nazi” and banned processed junk food from entering my office. Dessert is only allowed during birthdays or celebrations, but even then I rarely participate.
Work environments can be hazardous to your program if you are not cautious.
Corporate office buildings are very accommodating with restaurants and vending machines filled with inexpensive sugary snacks and sodas.
Similar to many, our kitchen used to be stocked with bagels, brownies and other forms of dessert to compliment a morning cup of coffee. Not to mention, there was always a large candy bowl welcoming our guests.
Those days are long gone!
I, the Food Nazi transformed our office into a healthy one! My weight loss achievements and healthy pre-packed meals became contagious. Slowly, everyone started to follow in my footsteps.
Our marketing girl replaced her chocolate cake with cottage cheese and frozen blueberries, and our receptionist joined Weight Watchers and a boot camp class. We all kept each other in line, but I was the toughest of the Food Nazis.
If you currently work in an environment that is hazardous to your waist line, then I suggest that you start making some changes to create a healthier one.
Here are some helpful suggestions to staying healthy at work:
Always keep a water bottle at your desk: My glass 20 oz bottle gets filled around 6 times during my work day. Drinking water hydrates me, flushes me out and keeps my satiety in check.
Pre-pack your meals: I dedicate my Sundays to prepare most of my meals for the work week. I usually bake some chicken and fish, steam my veggies and boil a pot of brown rice. Everything takes me less than two hours to prep, cook and store in containers. Prepping my meals saves me so much time during the week and allows me more free time to engage in other fun activities.
Enjoy a 30 minute break away from your computer: If it’s a sunny day, then lunch is almost always served outside. Why not get some vitamins from my food and the sun! If it’s raining, then I’ll sit by the window and watch. Rain is beautiful and relaxing and by eating slower, I can gauge my hunger level to prevent me from overeating.
Stock your kitchen with healthy snacks: Yogurt, protein shakes, veggie slices, fruits and nuts can always be found in the kitchen fridge. But, I only stock enough for a few days. If you stock more, you’ll be tempted to finish off the whole week’s supply. Click here if you need some delicious snack ideas.
Exercise and get away from your desk: I try to rock my heels to work so I can get a workout walking back and forth to the bathroom. I also like to take a sprint down and up a few flight of stairs before lunch time to get my heart pumping.
Drink some Green or Herbal Tea: Drinking a hot cup of tea after my lunch always soothes my belly and seals any false craving that I have. Not to mention the great nutritional benefits that it contains.
If you are already a Food Nazi at work, then I would love to hear how you keep order. Do you give the evil eye? Or do you simply snatch their bag of chips and slam dunk it in the trash can?