Cedric Fernando, MD, attended the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he now serves as an assistant clinical professor. In addition, Dr. Fernando oversees the occupational health department at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.
Many people follow a healthy eating plan in an attempt to lose weight, or just to feel better. However, without some preparation in advance, spending most of the day at the office can make healthy eating difficult.
The American Council on Exercise provides several tips for staying on track with healthy eating at work. The first is to plan for your meals and snacks during the day. Decide what you will have for each meal and snack, and bring healthy foods if you don’t have the option to purchase them at work.
If needed, prepare your meals and snacks at home to avoid the temptation of eating processed foods high in fat, sugar, or calories that may be available in an office vending machine. An additional way to avoid the junk food is to stock up on healthy snacks to keep at your desk.
It is important to eat a balanced, filling breakfast before heading to the office in order to stave off afternoon crashes or food cravings. Breakfast should include a combination of whole grains, protein, fruits, and vegetables.