A Healthy Office Lifestyle

A Healthy Office Lifestyle

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Statistically speaking, people throughout the UK are more likely to be overweight and suffer from chronic health conditions right now than any other time in history, except for when malnutrition was commonplace. This is largely due to a combination of poor diets which don’t provide everything we need in some ways, and exceeds what we need in others, and also our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

Combating this while working in an office environment, is very difficult, because it is most people’s job to sit at their desk and work at a computer for the vast majority of the day. This doesn’t have to be the case however, as there are some small things that you can do to have an immediate positive impact on your health. This includes things like making sure you get up and walk around periodically, bringing a balanced meal to work so that you don’t rely on unhealthy options, and remembering to look away from your computer screen every now and then to protect your eyes.

Cutting Down On Salt

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We’ve discussed cutting your sugar intake on our previous post, so it’s only right we discuss the same for salt. Salt intake should only be ideally one teaspoon a day, but with the types of food the average person eats, the majority are horrifically over their recommended sodium intake.

When selecting foods to eat, choose fruit and vegetables as much as possible as they are low in sodium content. This is the same for canned and frozen fruits/vegetables also.

Try and eat fresh meats over packaged meats. Packaged meats contain more sodium, and of course… Fresh is always better!

If you are worried about your salt intake, check food labels when doing your weekly shop. Manufacturers are legally required to let you know exactly how much of what, you are consuming. Anything labelled in red means it contains over the daily recommended amount.

Cutting Down On Sugar

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If you feel like you have too much sugar in your daily diet, you most probably do. In the UK the average Brit has 140 teaspoons of sugar a week! This obviously leads to an unhealthy diet, a higher calorie intake and a larger waistline.

“Identify the sources of sugar in your diet, and decide what to cut out completely and what to cut down on. You don’t need to cut down on sugars found in fruit or dairy products because these foods contain lots of nutrients that are good for us. It’s the food high in added sugar, such as fizzy drinks, which contain lots of calories but few other nutrients that we should be trying to consume less of.” (NHS Website)

Check the colour-coded pie-chart on all food items which breaks down the percentage of sugar in each item. Of course if sugar is highlighted in red, then this means there’s a high amount of sugar in the food.

Portion Control in a Diet

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Portion control is an important aspect of every successful diet, and even if you’re eating lots of healthy meats and vegetables; you have to make sure you’re eating the right amount.

It’s easy to put too much cereal in your bowl, or too many carbohydrates with your evening meal, and a portion control plate can give you an idea on the ideal amount. You may find that you lose weight fast if you start eating the right amounts, but of course there may be times when your body needs more food to recover. Proteins can repair muscles quicker and if you’ve burnt a lot of calories in an intense gym session, a larger portion can be beneficial, so use it as a guide rather than a measuring device.

The more you’re thinking about portion sizes, the healthier you’re likely to be, and sometimes (for weight loss) it’s a case of being a little bit stricter on your appetite.

Low Calorie Lunches

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Lunch is an important meal, but when you head to the local supermarket, you may find low calorie lunches are hard to come by. Sandwiches tend to have around 400 calories, whilst sushi, pasta pots and salads can have just as many calories.

Low calorie lunches are out there to be found though, and you don’t necessarily have to buy an apple and an orange. Popcorn can be low in calories while they can satisfy your appetite, while brown bread, pita bread or wraps with a couple of slices of ham can be very low in calories.

This is because there is no fattening mayonnaise, and the sandwiches you find supermarkets tend to contains calorific sauces, and more fillings than you actually need. Taking more caution with your lunches can help you lose weight, so try to avoid those high calorie everyday lunches and strip them back a little bit from time to time.