If your office is like most, there’s probably a candy bowl in the reception area featuring seasonally appropriate treats—conversation hearts in February, jelly beans in April. And the sugary snacks likely aren’t confined to the front desk. While some companies provide employees with nutritious nibbles, it’s not uncommon to find kitchenettes stocked with less-than-healthy choices. (Even Fitbit employees are tempted by chocolate and soda Monday through Friday.) So what’s the best way to make healthy snack decisions at work? Try to outsmart your sweet-tooth with these five strategies.
Those who skip a morning meal are more likely to experience low blood sugar before lunch—which can send the average person in search of a sweet snack. “After going all night without eating, a healthy breakfast stabilizes your blood sugar levels and helps prevent a bigger dip later,” says Tracy Morris, Fitbit’s nutritionist. Do yourself a favor and start your day with a satisfying breakfast, such as steel-cut oatmeal or even a chocolate smoothie, to help prevent sugar cravings later on.
Bring your own snacks
Healthy, sweet options can be just as transportable as the sugary, processed stuff. Instead of packets of candies or cookies, stash easy-to-peel tangerines and bananas and single-serve packs of trail mix in your desk drawer.
Drinking plenty of water not only helps to prevent overeating and aid in weight loss, it can also help you steer clear of soda and other sugary beverages. “When you’re not thirsty, you’re less likely to reach for a soft drink or sugary snack,” says Morris.
Ever heard the phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind?” You may want to apply this mindset when you’re at the office. Research gathered by Brian Wansink and his team at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, shows a person’s daily candy intake can be reduced by more than half simply by moving the candy dish farther away. So if your cubemate brings in sweets to share, politely ask her to leave them in the kitchen where you won’t be able to see them. And consider finding a new route to the restroom if the one you currently use takes you past that darn bowl in the lobby.
Celebrate without sweets
There will always be a reason to celebrate in the office—holidays, birthdays, and big announcements happen. But that doesn’t mean you have to put those treats in your mouth. Join the group when it gathers, and fill your hands with something healthier, like a cup of mint tea, so you don’t have to feel like you’re missing out.
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This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.