Food and Nutrition

Eat Healthy at Your Desk

| by Mitzi Dulan

With today’s busy lifestyle and hectic work hours, every minute counts. We all seem to be trying to do more in less time. One way many people try to optimize their time is to eat lunch at their desk during their break. While this may not be the ideal place for a meal there are some ways to make it a little more appetizing, healthy, and most importantly, enjoyable.

It’s All in the Preparation
First off, don’t go down the hall to the vending machine for lunch. These foods tend to be high in sugar, salt, or fat, if not all three. Instead, take the time to prepare your lunch for the coming day the night before. You’ll save yourself some money and be giving yourself the opportunity to make a healthier choice instead of falling victim to only what the vending machine has to offer. A win-win.

Take Your Time
Now that you have a lunch already prepared and ready to eat, take the full allotted time for your break to eat it. Don’t scarf it all down in 5 minutes. It typically takes about 20 minutes for your body to feel satiety, so if you eat faster than this it could lead to overeating and consumption of unneeded calories and ultimately, weight gain.

Eat Fresh
Great office foods should be portable and packed full of nutrition. Some foods that fit these categories include sandwiches, salads, yogurt, cheese, and fruits. Be sure to keep utensils in the office as well to make the office lunch experience hassle-free.

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Research assistance provided by Rob Masterson.