Doughnuts. Bagels. Cookies. Chips. Oh my!
Everyone knows about the freshman 15. What everyone doesn’t know, though, is the weight-loss hump that comes tucked in to the next phase of life: the post-grad office job.
Much like the beginning of college, we find ourselves struggling to adapt to the adult world outside of the sheltered bubble of university life. We’re proud to even make rent every month and have some kind of edible something in the fridge.
And then, in the office, we’re surrounded by a constant slew of snacks. There’s bagels, doughnuts, malasadas, cookies, cakes, muffins, luncheons and in-office birthday parties. There’s lunch hours with co-workers, happy hours at the end of the workday, and an insatiable desire to sleep and watch Netflix all weekend.
Yeah, it’s rough. But there are a few clever hacks to stave off weight gain in the office.
1. Stock up on your own healthy snacks
At my office, I have the honor of sitting right next to the Snack Table. To get water, pop in to a coworker’s office, or go to the bathroom I have to pass IT. That deadly minefield of delicious goodies has defeated me more times than I could count.
For me, the only way to avoid indulging in the endless office delicacies is to bring in an arsenal of my own snacks.
For those times I get the munchies, a good weapon is some kickass tea. I love having organic, decaf green, chai, peppermint, licorice, chamomile and fruity hibiscus teas to choose from.
I keep it decaf so I don’t overdo it on the caffeine and can sip guilt-free all day. While green tea touts a metabolism boost, lots of other teas have similar superpowers.
Peppermint fights inflammation and digestive issues, from gas & bloating to painful cramps. One of my favorites – licorice – is great for fighting chronic fatigue, digestive issues, heartburn, and ovarian cysts.
Yummy teas not only nix the need to munch, but they help me make healthier choices the rest of the day. If what I’m sippin on is oh-so-healthy, it feels contradictory to wolf down a few handfuls of goldfish.
Another trick I love is tossing in some lemon slices, fresh basil, or packing my own loose-leaf tea to lug in on chilly office days. The possibilities – and flavors – are endless.
3. Stand at your desk
Lately, this one’s been all the rage. A few of my coworkers stood at their desks because of back problems. When I hurt my back surfing a few years ago, I followed suit. Since then, I haven’t looked back.
Now, I feel cramped and guilty when I sit at my desk. It feels so natural to stand and I feel like I’m fighting to keep my health & youth. When I stand most of the day, I feel more awake, alert and productive.
I also feel more confident and assertive when co-workers approach me. Instead of looking up at them from my chair, we interact eye-to-eye.
Just make sure that you’re standing position is fitted to your height and comfortable; standing up poorly does little to counteract sitting poorly. The surface of your desk (including mouse & keyboard) should be in line with your waist, while monitors should sit at eye level.
Since my desk is a big, oak table, I just stacked some boxes to raise the height of my monitor, keyboard, and mouse to their proper place.
4. Make your meals ahead of time
Prepping your meals for the week is just as important as prepping your snacks! It’s the same idea; avoid the bad stuff by having an asrsenal of the good stuff on hand at all times. My favorite is to set aside a few hours on Sunday to load up at the farmers market and chop up my veggies so I can throw together a salad at the last minute.
What are your tips & tricks to stay healthy in the daily grind?