WELLNESS EXPERT NAMITA JAIN TELLS YOU HOW MAKING SMALL CHANGES AT WORK CAN HELP YOU STAY HEALTHIER.
1 Pin a note on your soft board in big, bold letters: I WILL NOT USE FOOD AS A STRESS RELIEVER. IT WILL KILL ME. Dramatic? Yes, but what the heck, that’s exactly what you will be doing if you turn to food for comfort.
2 Keep a big bottle of water on your table and label it as coffee or whatever it is you are addicted to. When the urge for a cup of sweet coffee arises, take a large swig from this bottle. If you still want coffee, order half a cup. You won’t need more as the water will have filled you up already. This tip came to me from a reformed tea addict. Try it!
3 Change your eating partners, especially if they have unhealthy eating habits. It’s a small sacrifice to make to reach your goal. Eating with such people will make you want to follow their cue. Even at parties you should avoid hanging out with people who are known to indulge as they will make you want to indulge too, without any guilt. You will be coaxed into thinking that since it’s okay with them, it should be okay with you too.
4 Buffets are the norm at office parties and conferences, especially if they are held at five-star hotels. The dessert counter there can make the best weightloss plans go for a toss. You might think you are being sensible by skipping everything else and only indulging in desserts, but nothing is farther from the truth. You will only end up consuming unwanted calories with zero nutrition. Plus, consuming sugar creates more sugar cravings and this will make you pile on the pounds.
5 Take short breaks to simply stretch and release the stiffness and tension in your muscles. Make use of the smallest opportunity for this—you could be talking over the phone, working on your computer or simply waiting for an appointment to start. There are many benefits to stretching and the results are immediate. Apart from releasing stiffness from tense, overworked bodies, it also improves posture and flexibility and enhances muscle coordination.
6 Keep roasted salt-free peanuts (in your drawer). Baked snacks are also a good option. Keep cucumber and carrot sticks in the office refrigerator and dress them up with lemon juice and salt. Low-calorie, high-fibre biscuits are good options as are dates and figs.
7 If you commute by car, park it at least 15 minutes away from your office and walk to work. Head straight to the washroom and freshen up before you start work in case you are worried about sweating and other less important issues.
8 For some people, anxiety stems from wanting to be liked or to belong to a certain set at work. In the process of being seen as one of the gang, it is tough to regularly decline invitations to eat out or attend a party. But this is where you ought to stay firm. Even if you accept an invite stick to healthy food and drinks or suggest places where you can be sure of getting a healthier snack.
9 If you get a lot of phone calls in a day, use that to keep fit by walking while you talk.
10 Meditation, yoga, breathing exercises and regular exercise are what a stressed mind need, not high- calorie junk food!