Desk Nesting: What Foods to Keep at Work to Promote Your Health

 How do you balance work and your health?

How do you balance work and your health?

This one goes out to all you assistants and executives out there working the production company grind. I think about all of you a lot in my posts; you have no free time to cook, some of you don’t even get to leave your desk at lunchtime. So let’s build you a work pantry that’s a healthy arsenal. 

The pitfalls of surviving on restaurant food are vast, and I’ll leave the majority for another post, but the two most important things to remember are:

  • Salt: Restaurants salt their food much more than we realize. For some people, all that salt can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease. Ask for your food to be salted as little as possible.
  • Fat: Restaurants also often use oils that are cost-effective, but aren’t the most nutritious choices. Pro-inflammatory fats can be lurking in salad dressings, sauces, and more; not to mention that dressings often add the majority of calories to a salad because of the fat content. However, not all fat is bad and we need to make sure you’re getting healthy fat each day.

There are a few key items you can keep at work that will spruce up any take-out/delivery meal to maximize your lunch’s healthy potential. Most people have a community refrigerator, and many of you have personal refrigerators in your office, or your assistants at least do.  So what can you keep at the office that will help you build a healthy lunch?

 Use a cosmetics container to keep your favorite spices within reach.

Use a cosmetics container to keep your favorite spices within reach.

Mini Spice Kit

Pack your favorite spices into a travel cosmetics container and keep in your desk drawer so that you always have your personalized preferences on hand. Sprinkle on salads to maximize flavor and end up using less dressing. This can also help control your salt intake. My favorites: oregano, turmeric, garlic powder, dried mustard, fennel seed.

Flaxseed Oil

 Keep Flax Oil in the fridge to avoid it going bad, have some every day and you'll be looking and feeling fabulous in no time. 

Keep Flax Oil in the fridge to avoid it going bad, have some every day and you'll be looking and feeling fabulous in no time. 

Everyone needs a quality serving of omega-3 fatty acids each day, and while these fats are found in most fish, you don’t want to stink up your office with a plate of tuna. Keep a bottle of cold-pressed unfiltered flaxseed oil in your office fridge and have a tbsp. every day at lunchtime to maximize your omega-3 intake. This quality source of fat will help support your nervous system, cardiovascular system, and make your skin look amazing. Put it on salads in place of questionable dressing, add to grain bowls, even use instead of mayo on a sandwich. My favorite brand: Whole Foods 365.

Nuts and Seeds

Always keep your favorite nuts within reach to avoid those afternoon slump trips to the candy bowl. Research shows that people who snack on nuts are more likely to live longer, reduce risk for chronic disease, and lower weight gain. Nuts have protein, healthy fat, and essential vitamins and minerals. My favorites: Almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.

Start building your work-life healthy pantry today! Let me know how it goes and what you try!

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