With hectic mornings and long office hours, it’s easy to fall into the habit of skipping breakfast, snacking and reaching for calorific meal deals while we’re at work. That all adds up to the perfect recipe for gaining weight. Here are our top tips on how you can get more organised at work and beat those unhealthy food cravings.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason. If you want to stick to healthy eating, filling up in the morning is the best option. At home, you have full control of what you put into your cupboards, so you can ensure that you’re eating a healthy, nutritious meal at the start of the day. Not only will a good breakfast help you feel fuelled and ready to face the day, but it should help to stop you from snacking and boost your metabolism too.
If you don’t have time to prepare breakfast in the mornings, why not do that the night before? Breakfast smoothies, overnight oats and yogurt packed full of fruit and nuts are quick fixes to set you up for a smooth morning.
Don’t set the bar too high for every meal you prepare. Sometimes, the simple salads and wraps are the best way to ensure that you’re eating well during the week. You can get three or four of these ready to pick up and go so that you’ll never be caught short of healthy lunch. Having leftovers from the night before is another great idea – this will also help you reduce waste and save pennies.
Your body sometimes struggles to distinguish between hunger and thirst. If you start to crave a snack at work, try having a glass of water first – you may find that it hits the spot. If not, try to keep a supply of fruit with you so you’re not tempted by the vending machine full of junk food. It is also a good idea to stock up on herbal drinks, as coffee and tea can dehydrate you and also contains hidden calories in the milk and sugar that is often added.
Mid-afternoon is the most popular time for snacking, as the body is usually telling you it needs more sugar to keep going. Try to wait five minutes to see if this urge passes, and if not, remember to choose something healthy instead of a chocolate bar or something quick. Eating a well-balanced and nutritious breakfast and lunch will help to stop this feeling as you will be full of the proper substances to keep you fuelled during the day.
In conclusion, preparation is key. Always try to keep your drawer stocked full of healthy snacks and hydrating herbal teas, and you’ll be able to brush off the office cravings in no time. Let us know what your top tips are in the comments bellow.