Too often our society is depicted as a collection of overweight individuals slumped over at a desk stuffing Fritos, Cheetos, and Twix Bars into their mouths to no avail. Who can blame us? The stresses that come with achieving the “American Dream” are high. We need something to soften the stress. We need that candy bar. It’s our friend, and it will give us a “break” from the present moment. No longer will we have to focus on Bossman’s expectations for the next meeting. Instead our minds can be absorbed into the richness of chocolate, smooth gooeyness of the caramel, and satisfying crunch of a candy bar. Or maybe you have an affinity for snacking on beef jerky.
Who am I to judge? I once hoarded ten pieces of fudge from a Christmas party in my purse because I knew I would love to snack on it at the office that following Monday. I won’t even mention the time that I put a small loaf of bread from Fleming’s in my purse to snack on the following morning during class.
Truth be told, our addiction to junk sounds a lot like a drug to me. There has to be something tied to “crack”ers. When a person admits to substance abuse, we have to eliminate temptation. We have to get the drug out of their environment, take the booze out of every hidden spot in the house, and revive the person’s self-control.
There will be withdrawals. Those BBQ Lays sitting in the break room basket will taunt you worse than the boogie man did when you were four. But in the end, your health is so worth it. This isn’t a matter of losing weight, however that is a wonderful benefit. This is a matter of changing just a few habits. For the better. For your life’s longevity. For your loved ones.
Friends, make this pact with me:
I pledge to eat healthy when I’m at work. I promise to try my best to avoid the break room goodies. I promise to impart my knowledge of how powerful healthy eating is for an active mind in the working environment. I pledge to live longer for my loved ones. I pledge to grab hummus and carrots or an apple next time I get the 2:30 munchies.
Please Instagram your healthy choices at work with the hashtag: #Healthy9to5.
Personally, I work with my best friend, wonderful coworkers, and a boss that has recently joined Weight Watchers. We take turns stocking the fridge with weekly goodies such as a veggie tray with Greek yogurt ranch, apples, bananas, watermelon, broccoli, soup, hummus, various Greek yogurt dips, Emergen-C(to avoid bugs that go around the office), Larabars, unsalted nuts, salads, dressings, and other various healthy snacks. We keep an array of utensils at our desks to feel like we are having a meal. We rarely eat out, maybe once every other week. When we need a break we take a walk to get some tea or drive to get some coffee.