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Keeping on top of health goals at work

Over the last few weeks I've realised quite how difficult it is to stick to health or diet goals whilst at work, especially if you work in an office-based job or a job with a communal canteen or kitchen.  Where I work, our kitchen has a table, and the table is usually home to any number of tempting treats - cakes on people's birthdays, chocolate-y treats around Easter, local culinary delights brought back from holidays, as well as a big tin of biscuits that are topped up on a weekly basis!
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I can't deny that it's been hard to undertake six weeks of no-sugar when lunch is eaten in front of a smorgasbord of sugary treats.  In the first few weeks of giving up (refined) sugar, when I was really craving chocolate, it really challenged my willpower to be constantly offered biscuits or having bags of Maltesers someone had bought on their lunchbreak wafted under my nose! Even this week, these are what greeted me on Monday morning, and kept winking at me throughout the day....


I think the key to keeping on top of health goals at work, as with keeping on top of goals generally, is planning and preparation.  Although I haven't given in to the sweets and cakes, the days when I've been more tempted have been the days when I've not brought anything in for lunch, or when I don't feel that I have anything particularly exciting to snack on when others are tucking into cake.  Just having something sweet, even though it's not loaded with refined sugar, is enough for me, so I always pack in my lunchbox one or two of these to keep me going throughout the day. Some of my favourite things to stave off temptation (and generally enjoy as snacks) are:

  • Fruit
  • Smoothies (taken to work in a shaker bottle and stored in fridge)
  • Fruit infused water via my Aqua Zinger
  • Fruit and nut based products like Nakd bars or Bear Fruit Yoyos
  • Dried fruit (without sugar added) like raisins or sultanas
  • Green tea with a flavouring (the Twinings Green Tea with Salted Caramel is a bit yum!)
Other tips are, having a healthy and filling breakfast to stave off 10am biscuit breaks, and going for a walk at lunchtime to avoid grazing through your lunchbreak or any temptations that might be in the lunch room!

I was never a great lover of fruit as a child and I've grown up constantly reaching for a chocolate bar over an apple, so getting used to including fruit in my diet has been quite a change.  It has actually felt like a great achievement to recondition myself to opt for an apple instead of a biscuit, or a banana before a run instead of a snack bar that's loaded with sugar.

Because the workplace is so often a haven for unhealthy food, I absolutely love the concept of Fruitdrop. Fruitdrop deliver boxes of fruit to workplaces for as little as £20 per box (50 pieces of fruit).  Fruitdrop's mission is to help workplaces provide fruit for their employees - looking after their wellbeing and making for a more productive and happy working environment (more about Fruitdrop here).  It's common for bosses to reward hard-working teams with drinks after work or cakes and doughnuts during tough periods, but I love the idea of giving people a reward that's actually really good for them too.  

Our offices had a Fruitdrop delivery last week to try out the service and it was great! The driver came in to show us the fruit he'd brought (and he'd thrown in a few extras - he was so helpful and friendly!) It was a lovely sunny day, so we tucked into some of the fruit on the benches outside and then I put a box on the canteen table with a little sign telling people to help themselves.

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It was a roaring success and the fruit quickly disappeared - I even got several emails saying how tasty it was (the grapes were a particular hit!) I would definitely use Fruitdrop again - we have a communal fund for tea money that also gets spent on bread and biscuits, so paying an extra £1 a month for us could mean two big fruit boxes to snack on, which would be great.

Is your workplace a temptation zone? What are your tips for not compromising your health goals whilst at work?

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19 comments

  1. That's such a good idea to have a fruit box instead!

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  2. I would really love to have a fruit box instead! There's four of around my pod of desks, and we often share out grapes and tangerines between us which is lovely - but the cakes, treats and generally unhealthy snacks keep coming in the kitchen (down to our lovely volunteers!). I really struggle to avoid snacking, which is silly because I don't really enjoy them. I think I might start trying to be more organised and do some of your suggestions - sweet fruit teas, dried fruit and yoghurts sounds like a much better option!

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  3. ahh so good! My work is SUCH a temptation zone, there seems tobe someone baking and sharing every shift, all our meals are given to us and most have lovely big spongey puddings which are SO hard to avoid. We get loads of fruit but only big oranges and apples get left behind and I'm not a fan of either really! xxx

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  4. Really enjoyed this post, thank you! Nicola noodlingalong.blogspot.co.uk Xx

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  5. In my office there are always treats on offer for people's birthdays etc and I sit right opposite the treat table! I only allow myself to indulge when its something I really, really want otherwise I just say no - M&S mini bites are deceptively high calorie given how tiny and innocent them look! x

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  6. Oh god, it was so awful when I worked in an office - there was cake all the time and my willpower is rubbish! It's much easier being at home all the time because I just don't buy bad stuff now so it's not in the cupboard.
    Also, green tea with salted caramel???? How on earth did I miss that?!?
    x

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  7. Totally with you here the office I work in is exactly the same (We ave krispy kreme Fridays!) I'm defo attempting to be a little healthier and I've found saying 'No' has become a lot easier :) x

    http://rinicawrites.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Fruit box is a wonderful idea, I love to graze on grapes come mid afternoon. I also love to pair clementine segments with greek yogurt, yum! x

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  9. OMG I feel your pain! Working in a huge office there's either a birthday/someone leaving/holiday treats or treats for no reason every single day and when I first joined I remember not being bothered by any of it but roll forward 8 months and I'm first up to scrounge for sugary snacks.

    We have fruit boxes too but don't look half as good as yours! Good luck and thanks for the tips :) M x

    www.thenextactivity.com

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  10. I totally feel your pain also, I work in a cafe, a cafe which serves the most delicious looking cakes and super tempting meals but I try my best to stay away by not taking my purse to work as although we get major discount, saving money is always a good thing. I try to take more exciting things for lunch too rather than plain sandwiches etc. I do need to try looking for some sweet but healthy snacks as chocolate is my weakness, I love your health posts and thank you for the tips! x

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  11. I put on lot's of weight when I got my first office job after graduating and am still struggling to get rid of it! My office now is a bit better - we have lots of biscuits but we also have fruit on a Monday now :) x

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  12. I love the idea of this Fruitdrop business but sadly it's only me in the office! I would like to buy more fruit though, but my local shops don't have very much other than the usual. Do these guys do smaller versions?

    Mat @ Buckets & Spades

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  13. Such an amazing idea - going to recommend this to my boss! x

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  14. I completely understand what you mean...growing up we weren't big on fruit, mainly because my parents weren't so I've always reached for savoury snacks instead of fruit which is now a huge problem as an adult. I struggle during the day as I'm a nanny so I'm constantly around snacks and tea breaks so I have to try and lay off the carbs as well as the sugar! Fruit drops sounds like a great idea though.
    Katie x
    www.missenchanting.co.uk

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  15. The Fruitbox looks and sounds absolutely fantastic! I wish we could do the same where I work but there is no way that would happen any time soon. :/
    www.amiciarai.com

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  16. My work is just like yours. There's always cake in the kitchen or people passing round biscuits. I used to always take it if it was there but then I accidentally sort of put on 5lbs!

    Now I usually find it easy to resist because it's often what I would call cheap cake. I'd rather save my treat days or treat meals for the things I really want.

    Sometimes it can be tough to say no. You could always ask people not to offer it to you? Not in an arsey way but just say you'd rather not have the temptation.

    Keeping healthier treats on hand is a good idea. I love fruit but don't like to snack on it (I prefer to have it on cereal or mixed in with yoghurt etc) so things like Nakd bars are good. They feel like more of a treat.

    Have you tried Nairns biscuits? They're wheat free and 44 cals a biscuit and come in ginger, fruit, or dark choc varieties. They're good for dipping in a brew without the guilt! :)

    X

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  17. My work is a bit of a nightmare - but this week I have myself to blame! I brought back some Hershey's chocolate, gummi bears and jelly beans from the US and can't resist tucking in when I walk past the printer. Yesterday was a BAD day for snacking! We do get a free piece of a fruit a day here though, which I really don't make use of as much as I should.
    xxx

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  18. Rosie, I feel like you work in my office!! The chocolate/cake/doughnut temptation is JUST ridiculous.

    Yesterday I blogged about trying to give these up and make healthier changes for lent (here: http://wp.me/p2FQ5h-a2) and we have pretty much the same doughnut picture!

    I've been trying the same as you, upping the fruit levels and infused water (I'm not really a tea drinker) and it's going well, I think. Fruitdrop looks great and I might pass it on at work! Good luck with it :)

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  19. My firm did start a health eating committee which I was part of, we had one meeting and nothing has came from it since! I suggested having a weekly fruit delivery as I think it would be such a good idea. This one looks great. x

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

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