It can be hard to find the right balance as you shift from college into an adult life. It’s no longer feasible to down a cheeseburger for lunch, a hot dog for dinner and still feel like the star that you know you are. One of the challenges I’ve faced while sitting at a desk and a staring at a computer is how easy it can be to overeat.
The truth is that I’m too tired to meal prep at 7:00 p.m. after going to work and school. So here are some quick tips that won’t make you bust the button on your new work pants.
- Really pay attention when you’re eating. Don’t mindlessly zone out and truly allow yourself to take a break and savor your snack. This is a great time to not only replenish your nutritional needs but your mental ones as well. Get up from your desk and walk around the office.
- Pack healthier snacks! You are what you eat and chances are, if you’re snacking on greasy, salty or sugary foods, you aren’t feeling great. There are tons of great websites with great ideas for healthy eating, such as Delish, that will still satisfy all those afternoon cravings.
- Make a conscious effort to eat with another person. Whether it’s a friend or coworker, your meal will be far more enjoyable if you share a conversation. This is also a great time to get to know some of your office mates!
Lastly, remember that while maintaining a healthy diet is great, everything should be in moderation. Allow yourself to enjoy a dessert without punishment. Go out to happy hour with your friends and coworkers. Giving your body good food means a clear mind and you’ll be able to be more productive at work. Anna Dumitru, who writes for the Nordic Business Report and Huffington post, says “It’s all about finding the balance that’s right for you.” You know your body best!