Resist Temptation

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day! A day to celebrate the ones you love and have lots of goodies in the office. Maintaining a healthy diet is all about balance. You need to behave at least 80% of the time to allow for the times you slip. Having a little wiggle room also let's you indulge in a portion-controlled treat.

But if you are like me and can't pass p free food or chocolate, here are a few tips to help you remain in control today.

1. Write down everything you eat today. You may not realize that every time you go to the copier you are picking up a cookie along the way. Writing a list of what and how much you eat will help you be conscious of your food intake of the good and bad.

2. Have a piece of fruit first. Fruit is naturally sweet and might satiate your craving. Plus you need at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day. If you are still 'hungry' after the fruit, have a small treat.

3. Occupy your hands. This might be tricky in the office, but at home you can knit, paint your nails, clean the bathroom, or play patty cake with your kids. You might distract yourself and allow the craving to pass. (I will feature another post on cravings in the future) At work you can type up an email you have been meaning to send, do push ups against your desk or the wall, or take a 10 minute walk outside.

4. Drink a glass of water. Similar to eating a piece of fruit, this technique helps fulfill your requirement of 64 oz of water a day, plus leaves you filling a little fuller. Sometimes when our body tells us we are hungry, it really is saying we are dehydrated.

5. Have a solid comeback. If your office mates are trying to peer pressure you into eating another candy bar, blame it on me. Say "My personal trainer will be disappointed if I eat two candy bars today" or "I am working towards a goal of living a healthier lifestyle so I am going to pass, thanks" or "Maybe later." Then stick to your guns!

6. Bring in a healthy option to share. Take the lead by bringing in fruit salad, trail mix, granola bars, yogurt parfaits as a healthy alternative for your office mates. They will probably be grateful!

Do you have any other tips on how to control food consumption at holiday time at work?

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