I work a fairly early day. I leave the house at 6:50, drop Fit Boy off at day care at 7:00 and am at work by 7:30(ish). I relish every second of sleep I can get my greedy little hands on so most days, I just grab a quick snack while I’m getting ready and eat breakfast and lunch at the office.
We have a huge cafeteria at work, complete with a chef, several sous chefs and a lot of food options for both breakfast and lunch. Very few of them are healthy. In order to “encourage” workers to spend their hard earned dollars at the cafeteria, we have only 3 microwaves to service about 2000 employees.
Now I don’t mind the occasional indulgence at the cafeteria but let’s face it, it’s not only expensive but unhealthy to be eating there every single day (case in point: one of our popular “lighter fare” options are deep fried spring rolls or battered fish sticks…eeewwwwww!)
Here’s my arsenal that I keep at my desk to help me stay on track and not be tempted by the cafeteria (or vending machine) gods:
I have my kettle, tea pot, mug w/ coffee filter, mini cooker and dish detergent. It’s not much but believe me when I say that it saves me on a daily basis. Being able to make my own coffee or tea keeps me from a trip to the coffee shop where an over-calorized drink and maybe a muffin or cookie. The mini-cooker is gold for me. I can make a week’s worth of steel cut oats on Sunday night, divide it up and have a nice filling breakfast that I can warm up in the cooker with milk, nuts and dried fruit. Yum! I can also use it to reheat soups, stews etc. That way I’m not spending my lunch hour waiting in line to re-heat my food (not great since I generally spend my lunch hour time at the gym).
Question: How do you incorporate your healthy lifestyle into work to prevent temptation from rearing its ugly head?