I used to work in an office environment, spending most of my day sat down and slouching over my keyboard. As such I know what it's like being stuck in that environment everyday and how hard it can be to try and be healthy and fit whilst working in this way. Today I'm going to look at what I think is one of the worst things about working in an office - snacking at your desk.
I reckon that most people that work within an enclosed environment such as an office will snack at their desk between meals. Now I'm not completely against snacking but it needs to be done with healthy foods. The problem with being in the office environment is the prevalence of unhealthy snack foods. Vending machines, home made cakes, fizzy drinks and sweets are generally available in high quantities. Mix that with the often monotonous work that's being completed and you'll be drawn to these high sugar foods to get a bit of a kick!
The main difficulty here is going to be the impact on your blood sugar levels, and therefore you insulin levels. Snacking on these high sugar, highly processed foods will spike your insulin levels and will keep them high as you graze through the day. Repeat this most days each week and you're going to be working your pancreas overtime to produce all that insulin and your cells are going to start to become insulin resistant.
But what does that mean?
Well as you might imagine it's not particularly good for you. It's the basis of metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and eventually could lead to diabetes and other diseases.
Want to prevent that? There's a few ideas you can follow to help get your body back on track.
1) get up and move around as often as you can. It's been shown that even just going for a walk for a couple of minutes every hour or so will help with insulin sensitivity, amongst other things.
2) replace your snacks with other food types. You could go all the way and eat healthy snacks such as nuts, seeds, veg, fruit, eggs etc but sometimes that's just not sustainable when surrounded by those other temptations. If that's the case for you then it'll be worth making your own sweet snacks to take in with you. Making them at home you can alter ingredients using recipes online that avoid flour and sugar and have a relatively healthy, but still desirable snack.
3) finally you can change your meals that you're eating to help prevent you feeling the need to snack. It's also been shown that protein and fat in your meals will keep you more full up for longer and mean you won't be hungry as the day rolls on. A personal favourite is a salad with boiled eggs, ham and cheese in there. That fills me up for ages!
If you work in an office surrounded by unhealthy snacks then give tree things a go and see if it changes your habits. Hopefully you'll also feel better with more energy and less aches and pains!