Stay on track: How to avoid diet pitfalls at the office



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It’s hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you’re stuck behind a desk all day. Sometimes healthy lunches are hard to come by, and fitting fitness into your day is difficult when you’re exhausted from a hectic schedule. That’s why we’ve come up with these quick tips to keep you on track during your workweek.


Pack your lunch

If you’re running out to the local joint across the street every day, you’re wasting money and calories. If you can’t find time in the morning to pack a healthy lunch, pack it up in the evenings before bed. Packed lunches are also great for getting rid of your healthy dinner leftovers. But be careful, there are some things you shouldn’t include in your brown bag.


Walk as much as you can

By parking in the farthest corner of the lot, you’ve guaranteed yourself a couple extra minutes of walking. If you take the bus, get off a stop early and power walk to the office, and of course, taking the steps instead of the elevator is an automatic extra calorie burner. By adding in small amounts of walking, you’re getting in a little extra fitness. Consider purchasing a pedometer to track the steps you take each day and set a goal.


Drink water

Your body needs water to function so make sure you’re getting a minimum of eight glasses a day. Try keeping a reusable water bottle at your desk and replacing your afternoon juice or soda with water. If you get tired of plain water, try some of our amazing detox water recipes.


Do some in-office exercises

Do some leg lifts under your desk or swap your your chair for an exercise ball. When you’re in the bathroom, add in a couple squats then jog in place at the sink. While you re-heat your leftovers for lunch or make copies, do some calf raises. You can also do glute squeezes while sitting at your desk. Remember, everything counts.


Keep healthy snacks in your desk

If you’ve got granola bars and nuts stashed away, you’ll keep yourself satisfied until your lunch break without giving into the temptations of the vending machine. Consider keeping a bowl of fruit at your desk to remind yourself of your healthy goals. For more heathy snack ideas, check out our recipe index.


Save the treats for special occasions 

When someone brings in doughnuts on a friday, try to resist, and instead reserve sweets for special days like your birthday or anniversary. You can even suggest that the office sets aside one day a month to do all birthday and other celebrations to avoid multiple temptations. When you go out for drinks with coworkers, limit yourself to just one light beer or a glass of red wine, then chase that drink with a tall glass of ice water.


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