When you work from 9-5, eating a healthy lunch can take some forethought. IF you don’t pack a lunch from home, you’ll often find yourself picking up something from a local restaurant or trying to make do on small snacks that leave you starving and likely to overeat at dinner.
While companies like Flex Professionals help job candidates find part time work that affords people the flexibility to prepare food and dine at home, not everyone is fortunate enough to find that kind of balance in life.
Read on for three tips for eating well at work.
Layer Your Veggies
Packing salad in a jar with items in order from heaviest to lightest makes for a pretty meal, and ensures that you get your greens. Make sure you put the dressing in first so the liquid pools at the bottom of the jar and doesn’t cause your lettuce to get soggy. Layer that with crunchy veggies like carrots and celery followed by heartier items like garbanzo beans or edamame. When you’re ready to eat, just pour the whole jar into a bowl, mix well and enjoy!
Pack Small Snacks
Bring protein dense snacks like trail mix to keep hunger at bay and prevent blood sugar from dipping. Nuts are a great source of protein and healthy fat that can help keep you focused and satiated throughout a stressful workday.
Practice Mindful Eating
It can be difficult to prioritize meal time, but studies show that individuals who step away from their desk and focus fully on their food with no distractions tend to eat less and enjoy their food more than those who attempt to multitask. Get up from your desk and head into the break room or sit outside for a change of scenery that allows you to mindfully enjoy your mid-day meal.
You don’t have to follow these rules perfectly every day but do your best to eat well during the work week and your body (and brain!) will thank you.