I get it. You work a full-time job and you're more than often stressed, think you're starving, exhausted, and itching to visit the employee cafeteria more or less than 27 times. I was working 40 hours a week at a doctor's office, and the majority of my day was spent sedentary, at my desk, staring at a computer screen. As an active person outside of work, this daily routine and boredom would start to drive me crazy. Sometimes, I felt bad for my coworkers because of how irritable I would be but I really couldn't fake it. I knew it was because I didn't love what I was doing, and I am not a believer in doing things you don't love.
In order to stay healthy at a non-active job, I recommend 3 things:
1. Having a workout plan immediately before or after work to relieve stress
2. Packing a balanced lunch
3. Consistently be aware of your posture, and correct it
My previous blog post details a great workout plan (read it again, here!) but I will expand on what I ate for lunch every work day of 2017. Growing a daily habit or having a routine like packing a meal everyday is the hardest part to develop. But once you develop it, the temptations of getting junk food at the grocery store or during your lunch break is much less. You just become comfortable and actually look forward to your usual meal.
Here is what I packed for lunch everyday, and yes, people thought I was gross and boring but whatever, it was my thing:
(Also: I did all my meal-prep shopping at Costco)
1. Pack of 2 Wilcox Organic Hard-boiled eggs
2. Kirklands Grapefruit Cup
****(grapefruit is a natural appetite suppressant, btw,
great subsitute when you are craving something unhealthy)
3. Clif Builders Protein Bar (mint chocolate flavor is my fav)
4. Chobani Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
5. Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds (1/2 cup)
6. 1 Organic Banana
There you have it, my lunch at work everyday for a year! It might seem boring, but your body will love you for it.
I don't really count calories or carbs or macros or any of that, and I've never really gone a diet, but I do workout with high intensity, regularly, and keep my food intake very high in protein. Hope this helps anyone needing healthy ideas to bring to the office!