If you’re in the habit of eating at your desk try following these top tips.
1. Chew Slooowwwly!
Slow down and chew for longer.
2. Don’t Eat on Autopilot
Have a proper lunch break; otherwise it can lead to poor portion control and weight gain.
3. Don’t Overeat
Picking on food in addition to main meals can lead to weight gain.
4. Avoid Feeding Bacteria
Keep your desk, keyboard and phone clean so you’re not creating a feeding ground for bacteria!
5. Keep Hydrated
Offices with air conditioning can be dry so make sure you’ve got a supply of water.
6. Beware of Caffeine Overload
Caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea and energy drinks can cause caffeine overload, leading to sleepless nights and underperformance.
7. Eat at Regular Intervals
Skipping meals can cause drops in your blood sugar levels that lead to dizzy spells and lack of concentration.
8. Healthy Snacks
After an initial energy rush from junk food, sugary foods lead to a drop in blood sugar levels causing jitters and lack of concentration.
9. Don’t Drink ‘n’ Eat!
Your digestive juices are trying to break down your food, so don’t dilute them.
10. Healthy Office Parties!
Celebration parties can be healthy. Organise fruit and vegetable platters.
11. Have a Protein Shake:
A Protein Shake is a quick and easy way (and if you chose the right brand, a delicious way too) to boost your protein intake. Protein-rich foods tend to make you feel fuller than foods rich in carbohydrates or fat. Check out our Beginner's Guide to Protein article for more information on protein. SuperVitality is a cleaner alternative to the mainstream protein shake brands and offer deliciously different, natural flavours too.
oh yes, aircon - nightmare and never needed in the UK with decent buildings. Getting out at lunchtme to breathe is a must and eating is a good excuse.
Shouldn't it be tips for NOT eating at your desk? After a good breakfast I don't tend to eat til lunchtime and then I take the chance to get away from my desk and move around.
I would say make sure you take in healthy snacks so you aren't tempted by the chocolate bars.
I would also add 'try to get outside at least for a few minutes' and 'don't eat anything smelly to avoid being thumped by co-workers' !
Too much caffeine and chewing too fast are my downfalls. But I love my coffee breaks, and don't seem to have problems from eating without thinking so far,