So I have been back from deployment for a few weeks now and I am starting to get back in the swing of things both at home and at work. Wow, I sort of forgot how fast the weeks go by here in Okinawa. Being back to work here has really shined some light on how much of a challenge it is to eat healthy at work. We have all been there, we get caught up in our daily tasks and forget to eat a meals or a snack. Instead, we just grab a donuts or muffin that one of our awesome co-worker’s made and finish it off with about 64 oz. of coffee throughout the day (and oh yeah, don’t forget the hazelnut creamer). So is it even possible to eat healthy at work?
The answer of course is a resounding YES. As always, it starts with having the proper mindset, so Get Your Mind Right. Make the decision to make nutrition a priority in your life. It doesn’t take that long to make a shake at a work. I have a $15 blender at work and I use it every day. I get my shake ready the night before, by simply putting 8 oz. of almond milk (I even made some homemade almond milk the other day, really simple by the way. Just add 1 cup of almonds into a high power blender with 3 cups of water and blend for 2 minutes. Then sift the mixture through a nut sack (I promise that is the real name, search for it on Amazon) some frozen fruit, and Shakeology. I blend it all together at work and have a delicious snack in less than 5 minutes.
For lunch, I have one word for you, leftovers. Keep it simple, make a double serving of your recipe the night before and use it as leftovers for your lunch the next day. Kylee and I like to use our leftovers in salads a lot. For example, we had fajitas tonight and tomorrow for lunch we will have a fajita salad. Sandwiches and fruit are also great for lunch. Just make your sandwich the night before (2 slices of whole wheat bread or 1 whole wheat wrap, 6 oz. of lean preservative free lunch meat, mustard, vinegar, and veggies of choice) and add a side salad and a piece of fruit.
For your afternoon snack, bring a piece of fruit and ¼ cup of healthy trail mix to work. It’s that simple. And don’t forget to bring your water bottle to work. It is extremely important that you stay hydrated throughout your day, so try to substitute the coffee and soda for water. That is not to say that you can’t have a cup of coffee in the morning, just stay away from all the sweeteners and creamers. Just add 1 or 2 Tbsp.’s of almond milk to your plain coffee and maybe 1 tsp of honey, all-natural maple syrup or dark agave.
So there you go, it is possible to eat healthy while at work, even if you are extremely busy.