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Bad habits are like a comfortable bed: easy to get into but hard to get out of; and at work, it’s easy to slip into poor food choices…
March is National Nutrition Month!
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
The theme for 2016 is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods — that’s the best way to savor the flavor of eating right!
How do most working adults get off track with their nutrition?
When we have busy schedules, people start looking for convenience. This increases the frequency of eating out, especially fast food. If meals and snacks are not planned, we tend to eat more junk food.
How does the workplace influence how people eat?
Co-workers can have a positive or a negative influence on your eating habits. If someone is always bringing in doughnuts, it is easy to get tempted. You may also get into the habit of going out for lunch every day.
A little planning goes a long way.
Set aside some time during the week to do some planned grocery shopping. Then cook up a bunch of extra meals on your day off. Use a crock pot/slow cooker to make easy, healthy meals. You won’t need to eat out after a long, tiring work day if you have good food waiting for you at home! Plan and pack a healthy snack and lunch, and always make sure you have a refillable water bottle on hand.
The following are some ideas to help you and your colleagues stay on track with healthier eating while at work.
The following are some quick, easy meal ideas that you can try on your own at home:
Long day at work? Here are some healthier snack options to reach for!
Parul is a Clinical Dietitian in Outpatient Nutrition Services at WakeMed Cary Hospital. For information related to diet and nutrition, or to speak to one of our licensed, registered dietitians, contact Outpatient Nutrition Services today. Insurance coverage and costs may vary.
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