We all have that one table in the office where the doughnuts glisten, chocolate sings and gummy bears dance. But wait, you’re trying to make healthy choices. You look at that table throughout your work day trying not to give into temptation.
Not only is the goody table bad for your waistline, but those sweet treats can have a negative impact on your smile. Snacking all day on foods high in sugar and carbohydrates can lead to more bacteria in the mouth which can harm your oral health.
Don't be tempted by sweet treats. Reach for a healthy snack instead!
To help you turn away from those snacking temptations, we have compiled some tricks to help make saying no to unhealthy choices easier for you.
No. 1: Move the treats
Your boss is great and brought in doughnuts again on a Monday morning. However, when they sit right in front of you, you are tempted to eat them all day. Move the treats to a break room or a secluded area where you won’t be tempted to eat them. If you do sneak a few bites, don’t forget to drink water shortly after. Drink water or chew sugar-free gum to wash away the sugar and keep your mouth clean.
No. 2: Use the buddy system
We all know we are more accountable when someone else is depending on us. Find a buddy in the office to keep you accountable. Challenge each other to drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables and go for a short walk each day! You don’t want them to catch you eating a doughnut, so odds are, you’ll stay away from the sweet temptations.
No 3.: Pack healthy snacks and keep an emergency stash
Take the time each morning or night to pack yourself fruits and vegetables to snack on throughout the day. Many times we cave into unhealthy snacking or purchase candy at the vending machine because we don’t have any other options. Additionally, keep an emergency stash of healthy non-perishable items — like granola bars and trail mix — in your desk drawer for the days you forget snacks. Having healthy options available keeps your body fueled with the right foods.
No. 4: Drink more water
A large portion of your health depends on how hydrated you are. Keep a refillable water bottle at your desk and sip on water throughout the day. If you have trouble getting enough water intake, set reminders on your calendar to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking water is also great for your oral health. It washes away cavity-causing bacteria, plaque and food particles while helping to keep your mouth moist and bad breath at bay.
No. 5: Tell your friends
You spend a majority of your time at work. It’s important that your co-workers know your goals and help you achieve them. Tell your boss and your co-workers that you are working on transitioning to healthier choices. Who knows, maybe they’ll jump aboard and begin eating healthy too. Pretty soon the whole office culture will be changed and you can all continue the journey together.
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