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Avoiding Temptations in the Workplace

One of the hardest places to stick to your diet is the office.  And since you probably spent a large majority of your time at work, you have to have some strategies to help you deal with the temptations you’ll face.


Stock up on snacks.  Keep healthy snacks available at all times.  You may want to designate a drawer in your desk for them.  When you’re feeling hungry, instead of heading to the vending machine for a candy bar you’ll have healthier options.


Pack your lunch.  In the workplace, eating out for lunch every day is an expensive habit in more ways than one.  While you’ll find that your wallet is a little lighter from eating out, your body may become a little heavier.  If you’re used to eating out daily, try to pack your lunch at least three or four times a week.


Avoid break room temptations.  If you have someone bring donuts, cookies, and pastries to work on a regular basis, you may have even more temptation.  It may help to just stay out of the room where these treats are kept.  You may also want to consider bringing alternative snacks to the office such as fruit trays, veggie trays, and bagels.


Enlist a buddy.  Having a friend in the office that’s also trying to keep things healthy may help you to stick to your plan.  Find someone in the office who’s either very healthy already or is looking to get healthier. 


You can work together to have healthy treats, eat lunch together, and even try some walking at lunch.  Teamwork can make dieting much more successful.


Some healthy competition.  While having at least one person who can be supportive will help, how about trying to change the whole culture of your office?  Talk to your supervisor about starting an office competition or program to help everyone get a little healthier. 


Invite everyone interested to participate.  Instead of having to fight the tempting treats that are brought in, you’ll have a lot of healthy options.