Staying Healthy at Work

I work in an office.  Have you seen the movie Office Space?  It’s kind of like that, minus the TPS reports.  I’ve been very close to taking a baseball bat to the printer on several occasions, and have had my stapler stolen (my one coworker likes to play practical jokes…so I taped his phone receiver down to the phone base…so when it rang he pulled the whole thing off his desk ha!)  and… on a daily basis, I play dodge the flying rubberbands.  They’re large toddlers, I tell you.

One thing that comes along in an office environment is huge quantities of junk food.  Candy jars.  Bagels. Muffins. Donuts.  Munchkins.  Cookies. Employee birthdays.  Client visits.  Vendor visits.  If we didn’t order it, someone brings it in.  Without fail, everyone seems to eat this stuff.

“Not I” said the fly. 


How do you not fall prey to the yacht of carbs and sugar sailing around the office?  You come prepared!  I always keep extra fruit in the office fridge just in case I find myself starving.  I bring salads, smoothies and green juice.  I fill my “candy jar” with Lara Bars, Clif Bars and granola bars.   Some of the guys complain that they want “candy” but somehow my jar always ends up empty!  So I know they’re eating the bars!

If we are ordering a breakfast or lunch for a meeting etc, I will always tell them to add a large salad or a fruit salad to the order. 

Today I brought breakfast for lunch… a bowl of bananas and strawberries mixed with a spoonful of raw almond butter:

I’ve gotten over my coworkers making fun of me for what I choose to eat.  

“Are you still doing that veggie thing?” they say to me. 
“Yes” 
“Oh, good for you!” 

As if eating veggies is a “thing”…like some sort of fad diet.  Ohhh she’s still eating veggies?!   It really cracks me up what people say. 

I brought a tomato based veggie juice to work and my coworker said to me, “Hey…is there vodka in that?”  My response: “Uh..no.  This would be like a raw version of V8”   His reply: “What a perfectly good waste of juice!”

I’m used to it.  It doesn’t phase me anymore.  I know I’m making healthy choices that I feel great about! 

If you are trying to make healthy choices at work, don’t get discouraged.  I find that when people make fun of someone who is eating healthy, it’s usually because that person is suddenly feeling bad about how they eat…so they pick on you to feel better about themselves.  Maybe the way you eat has caused them to question their own eating habits.  Regardless, usually whatever anyone says to you, has zero to do with you, and everything to do with them and how they feel.  Once you realize that, it’s a whole lot easier to let comments roll off your back.

What are you doing to stay healthy at work?

Lovely comments!

  1. My office is the same… a neverending supply of lots of unhealthy food. Most of it I can’t eat because I’m vegan (which helps a lot!) but I always plan ahead to make sure that I have something to snack on if I need it. I usually throw a cucumber in my lunch bag or a container of carrots, etc. There is a Chipotle downstairs in our building, so I can always run there to get a side of guac if I really need something to fill me up in addition to the veggies. 🙂

  2. Oooh good call! I think we might have a chipotle somewhere nearby… I’ll have to check! Definitely bags of carrots and other chopped veggies always come in handy!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I was eating raw veggies at work one time and a coworkers sneers and says “eww, why are you eating rabbit food?” I resisted the urge to tell her that I didn’t want to end up like her- in my 50s, 50lbs overweight and missing several teeth.

    ~Miss M

  4. aww come on. no teeth is SEXY. lol

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