4 Tips for Sticking With Healthier Lunches at Work
Healthier Lunches: This past New Year’s, you may have decided to try to get in better shape, or at least to eat better. One of the ways to move toward this goal is to eat healthier lunches, especially if this meal occurs during your workday. You may have found quite quickly though, that this is harder than it sounds.
Knowing that, here are four tips to help you stick with your goal of eating healthier lunches at work – buy a good lunch bag, plan your snacks in advance, set budgets for eating out, and make your habits with coworkers. Following those pieces of advice will get you a long way toward maintaining a goal of healthy, professional lunches.
Buy a Good Lunch Bag
Even though you may have some nostalgia for the classic brown bag lunch, there’s nothing particularly appetizing about seeing your food wrapped in thin, uneventful cardboard looking paper. Why not buy a good lunch bag? There are ones that are large, insulated, easy on the eyes, and not too expensive. Make it so that when you see your lunch bag in the community refrigerator, you are happy to get it and open it.
Plan Your Snacks in Advance
A lot of eating healthy lunches has to do with planning. So, plan some healthy snacks in advance, and always have them ready. It’s a trap that when you feel hungry quickly and don’t have anything to eat, you immediately assume that fast food is your only way out. This is not the case if you have snacks planned before this. Then you simply go open your new, stylish lunch container, and see what healthy foods you have in there to munch on. Stay away from vending machines too, as those are just a mad combination of fat and sugars.
Set Budgets for Eating Out
Another way to stick with healthier lunches is if you create a lunch budget for yourself. If you know you only have $20 to spend over the course of the whole month on eating out for lunch, that means that for 25 days out of the month, you have to figure out how to bring your lunch in. Although it’s an artificial limit, this can at least give you a yardstick to help.
Make Habits with Coworkers
The final idea that will help you maintain your new goal is to set up your habits with coworkers. Whenever you have a social group that is working toward a common goal, your collective efforts can help you stick to the plan. Whoever your best friends are at work – have them try and bring healthy lunches in as well. If any of you start to slip up, the rest of you will be there to remind the group of the end goal.