Foiling Workplace Temptations

May 30, 2008

Is your place of business a dieter’s worst nightmare? Are the vending machines stocked with potato chips and cookies? Does the boss order in for pepperoni pizza when everyone is working overtime? Is there a candy dish filled with M&Ms on every other desk?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, beware: you may be working in what is known as an obesogenic environment. Such workplaces can sound the death knell for healthy diets and good intentions. But there are things you can do to fend off temptation without resorting to quitting your job. Try these tricks next time you feel challenged in your cubicle.

Pack Your Own Lunch. This makes you the boss over your food choices and portion sizes.

Stock Up on Healthy Snacks. Avoid the vending machine madness and stock your desk drawers with rice cakes, trail mix and fruits. (In addition to staving off pounds, you will also save dollars.)

Pick Lunch Spots That Serve Healthy Fare. So you don’t fall prey to the fast-food place across the street, keep a list of nearby restaurants that offer healthy meals. Pick a place within walking distance so you get some exercise during your lunch hour.

Hold Healthy-Dish Potluck Celebrations. Instead of the usual birthday cakes or Christmas fudge, encourage your co-workers to contribute healthy casseroles or salads to your next work event.

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