How to Eat Better at Work

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Making the right choices at the office (and scoring all-day energy) are a total cinch thanks to these easy tips.

1. BYO Salad

“When you pack your lunch at home, you generally make it when you’re full either after dinner or after breakfast the day of,” says Brian Wansink, director of Cornell’s Food & Brand Lab and author of Slim by Design . “This means you tend to make healthier choices than if you were to purchase lunch when you’re hungry.” No time? Prep on Sundays, take leftovers or try one of these 10-minute lunch ideas.

2. Eat Anywhere But at Your Desk

Working through lunch may make you feel like an office rockstar, but it can encourage you to unconsciously snack later. “When we desk-eat, we tend to reward ourselves later with extra food for having ‘given up’ our lunch hour,” explains Wansink. If you can’t get away altogether, at least sit somewhere other than at your computer, such as a conference or break room, Wansink suggests.

3. Fill 15 Minutes

Ignoring your co-worker’s birthday donuts could make you crave them more. “Those who had a small taste of a desired food and then distracted themselves with a phone call or other task for 15 minutes felt satiated and didn’t feel the need to indulge more,” says Wansink. So have a treat and then dive into a project, meet with a cube-mate or take a walk outside. A study from University of Exeter found that a 15-minute walk cut snacking at work by 50 percent.

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Source: Self | Blake Miller

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