All American age groups—from small fries to big macs—are eating and drinking too much added sugar, according to the CDC. We can be quick to blame fast food chains, but what about the workplace?
One dentist cites the workplace as a primary site for sugar intake. And this office cake culture is contributing to the obesity epidemic and poor oral health. Here are tactics for the temptations:
1. Get Up
Walk away from your desk and take a break. If your energy feels low, you may need a screen break—not cake on your plate. Even a brief walk can have surprising health benefits.
2. Speak Up
These days, office kitchens look more like pastry shops than lunch stops. Simply serving healthier food and beverages can benefit employees, according to a 2010 study. Here are some ways you can work with your HR department to help create a healthier workplace.
3. Eat Up
There are lots of options for healthy snacks that can help you avoid the temptations in the break room and vending machines. But you don’t have to make desserts the enemy. Treat yourself to the occasional office indulgence. Take a (tiny) 2-bite piece of cake and a put it on a mini-sized plate. It tricks your brain into thinking you’re eating more!
You can combat your company’s cake culture! Like that one motivational poster says, “The right choice isn’t always the easiest.” Let your choice be the reward. After all, a healthy lifestyle takes the cake.