Updated: Sep 19, 2018
3 Tips to Skip Office Snacks and Mid-Day Hunger Pangs
As if temptation wasn’t hard enough while you’re at home, try eating healthy while at the office. It can be done, but it’s going to take some planning and will-power. Those office snacks are tempting and when your stomach is growling in the middle of the day, you feel like you could devour everything in sight. And unfortunately, that’s the case for many people. This article is going to provide you with useful tips to help you skip office snacks and tame those mid-day hunger pangs.
Pack your healthy lunch
One thing that crushes many health and weight loss goals is lunch at work. Many people forego packing their lunch to eat out Monday through Friday. While they have every right to make that choice, I can honestly say that most people don’t make the best decisions for their goals. They eat poor fast food options. They sit down at a restaurant and order food that is lathered in oils or sauces. This sends their daily calories through the roof. I like the motto “do your actions match your ambitions?”
When you pack your lunch, you bypass the temptation to go out and make poor choices. You have control over your nutrition and know exactly what you are putting in your body. The foods you consume should be macronutrient-dense and source driven to align with your goals. Additionally, your lunch should fuel you for the rest of the day versus a high-calorie lunch out that puts your brain in a fog and zaps your energy and productivity.
1. Have healthy snacks/meal options at your desk
While at the office, it’s tempting to not want to get something out of the vending machine or eat the donuts that a co-worker brought in from your favorite donut shop. However, many of those choices coming from the vending machine are chips, pretzels, candy, and things you should be staying away from. And I don’t think I need to explain to you that donuts, cakes, pastries aren’t healthy. Store healthy snack items in your desk drawer so that if/when hunger pangs arise, you have a way to tame them quickly. You can store healthy snacks like nuts and seeds in your drawer as long as they can be resealed, but also, you can pack some type of meal replacement powder like Crush1 Nutrition’s Clean Meal. All you need is a shaker bottle and water and you have yourself a delicious mid-day treat packed with ideal sources and ratios of macronutrients that will satisfy your cravings and fuel your body to get you through your day without crashing
2. Water and zero-calories beverages are your friend
If you feel hungry during the day, it could be that your brain is tricking you and what’s really going on is that you’re thirsty. As a general rule of thumb, when you feel hungry at work, try drinking a glass of water before you go all caveman and go out in search of food. If after drinking the glass of water you still feel hungry 15-20 minutes later, grab one of the snack options from your drawer that I mentioned above.
Water should always be your beverage of choice, but I understand there are times where you simply want something with flavor. You can substitute water for diet green tea, flavored calorie-free water, coffee, or any other zero or calorie-free beverage of your choice. The key is to try to keep your liquid calories to a minimum as they can sneak up on you and before you know it you have nearly 1,000 calories for the day coming from beverages.
Remember to ask yourself Do My Actions Match My Ambitions? If not, put these 3 tips to the test and see how it effects your daily energy, mood, thoughts and overall productivity. That’s how you can CRUSH1 Daily!