Every day in the office it’s someone’s birthday, someone’s anniversary. It’s someone’s retirement, it’s chips and chocolate Wednesday (yes I did work in an office where this was celebrated).
There’s literally junk food in the office every single day! Cakes, donuts, lollies, muffins….. crap, crap, CRAP. We’re slowly killing ourselves and each other. If we are going to combat rising rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes and increased mental health conditions, encouraging healthy eating in the workplace must be a foundation for future health and wellbeing. We need to stem the 3pm cravings for high sugar, trans fat infused, highly processed foods. Be the catalyst for change in your office.
Step up and improve the lives of the people around you. The power is in your hands to encourage a workplace which elevates the health, happiness and productivity of everyone. It’s just good business sense.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Celebrate all birthdays on one day a month at work. Celebrate all the July birthdays at once. It’s a small step but far better than cake three times a month
- Provide nourishing, plant-based veggie platters for team meetings
- Swap the biscuit jar for some raw nuts and healthy bliss balls
- Eat enough good foods so you don’t crave snacks
- Keep a food diary. Tracking your meals and snacks is a proven method to making you think twice before eating unwanted calories
- Guzzle plenty of H20. Often when we think we feel like a snack, we are actually thirsty. Drink plenty of water throughout the working day
- Take a 15 minute walk when the snacks appear. By the time you return, you’ll be over the temptation
Eating those office snacks is probably ruining your health. So next time you get up to make a coffee, skip the “free” treat, it simply isn’t worth it.
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