8.21.17

You donut need us to tell you how tough it can be to stay on track with nutrition goals at work. We’re checking in with integrative nutritionist, Jennie Miremadi, for simple ways to set ourselves up for success throughout the week, plus a recipe we’d (almost) rather have than donuts anyways…

When my clients first start working with me, many of them feel totally overwhelmed with trying to eat healthy when they’re at work. They’re dealing with stress and busy schedules, and they’re surrounded by unhealthy food. Without the right tools in place, all of these factors can take a toll on their eating. By creating a plan to help them stay on track with food at work, it can often mean the difference between struggling or thriving in reaching their nutrition goals.

If you too are having a hard time keeping your diet healthy at the office, don’t be discouraged! Know that you can turn things around by creating a nutrition strategy for work. If you’re looking for a place to start, here are some tips to help:


Prep the Night Before

One of the best ways to stay on track with your nutrition goals is to prep your lunch the night before and bring it with you to work the next day. Having your lunch readily available as soon as you get hungry can help you avoid grabbing something that’s quick, convenient and unhealthy – particularly on those days when you’re really busy. Some of my favorite lunches that are easy to prep and transport include salads in a jar, chicken or salmon collard wraps and healthy bowls.


Put Your Work Away When You Eat

When you have a lot on your plate, it can seem like a good idea to work while you eat. But this kind of multitasking sets you up to eat more food than your body needs because it distracts you from your body’s hunger signals. Instead of working through lunch, take 20-30 minutes to enjoy your meal. If there isn’t a place for you to eat other than your desk, put your work away and turn off your computer screen before you start eating. Eat slowly, without distractions and pay attention not only to the taste of your food, but also to your hunger levels. When you’re satisfied, stop eating. Even if you haven’t finished your food, remember that you can always eat more if you get hungry later.


Pick Healthy Lunch Restaurants

If you like going out to lunch with your colleagues, pick a spot that has healthy options. If you opt for the fast-food place where your only choice is a burger and fries, it’s going to be impossible to eat a nutritious lunch. Instead, choose a restaurant that not only has healthy choices, but also serves you quickly. One of my favorite restaurants with fast service and delicious, nutrient-rich options is Sweetgreen.


Avoid Unhealthy Free Office Food

Although it’s tempting to let your company foot the bill for your meals, you’ll undermine your nutrition goals if that food is unhealthy. Before you opt for the free meal, ask yourself A) whether the food is in line with your approach to nutrition B) whether you would eat it if you were paying for it yourself and C) how it will make you feel when you eat it. If the food is not in line with your nutritional approach, you wouldn’t buy it for yourself or it will make you feel unwell, tired or bloated, try to let that guide your decision to eat it.


Keep a Work Snack Kit

Create a snack kit that you can store in your desk at work so when you get hungry in the afternoon, you can reach for one of your nutrient-rich snacks instead of grabbing something unhealthy. A few of my favorite quick and easy storable work snacks include nuts, seeds, my strawberry almond coconut trail mix, organic olives snack packs, single-serving nut-butter squeeze packets from Artisana Organics and 3.75 ounce cans of Vital Choice Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon.


Manage Stress without Sugar

Work can be incredibly stressful. Reaching for a sugary treat to cope with that stress is not going to make it any better. Instead, take five minutes and find a quiet spot to meditate, do deep breathing exercises or practice EFT. These tools can help you manage your stress in a healthy way without sabotaging your nutrition goals.

 

Fig, Radicchio, Walnut + Chicken Salad in a Jar
Serves 1

Ingredients:

For the fig balsamic vinaigrette:
1/4 cup good quality balsamic
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 ripe, organic brown figs
Himalayan pink salt, to taste

For the fig, radicchio, walnut + chicken salad:
2 cups mixed baby greens
1/2 cup radicchio, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup figs, sliced in half
4 oz organic rotisserie chicken, shredded
2 Tbsp fig balsamic vinaigrette

Directions:

For the fig balsamic vinaigrette:

Add ingredients to Vitamix or other high-speed blender and blend until emulsified.

Adjust salt to taste.

For the fig, radicchio, walnut + chicken salad:

Add 2 tablespoons fig balsamic vinaigrette to the bottom of one quart-sized Mason jar.

Add chicken on top of dressing.

Top chicken with fig slices.

Add walnuts on top of fruit.

Top the walnuts with mixed baby greens and radicchio.

Refrigerate.

Once ready to eat, shake jar, pour salad into a bowl and enjoy!


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  1. I prep everything (as much as possible) on Sundays. This way I won’t use the “tired” excuse the night before or the morning of. I also have a small area in my office to keep healthy snacks. So when I feel the urge to munch; at least it’s healthy and not just random vending machine junk.

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  2. These are great tips! Having food prepped (i.e. leftovers) is SO helpful. It makes packing my breakfast, lunch, and snacks a breeze. Luckily, my office keeps healthy snacks on hand, but I always make sure to bring homemade energy bites or dark chocolate to pair with nuts or a piece of fruit. I also like to keep powdered matcha, packets of collagen peptides, and a lemon at my desk to stay hydrated. I do eat out a few times a month because sometimes meal prep doesn’t happen 🙂

  3. Love the website and all the useful info!

    Karen | 08.28.2017 | Reply


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