We spend a lot of time at our workplace and eat at least a third of our day’s food at work; our workplace is an ideal place to form and influence our eating habits.

We are responsible for our food choices and it is important we eat healthy at work and influence our colleagues too. Where possible carry your own food and snacks to work and when not possible, pick foods that are healthy from the groups below.

At work, there can be many occasions like birthday celebrations, success parties and group meetings where food is served, make healthy choices during these events.

Overall, healthy eating is about eating a variety of foods in a balanced proportion

  • Plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Wholegrain foods that are naturally high in fiber
  • Low and/or a reduced fat variety of dairy products
  • Protein-rich foods like legumes, lean meat, seafood, nuts and eggs
Ideally, all food prepared should contain less fat & no added salt and sugar which means no fried foods, a minimum intake of confectionery [sweets, chocolates, etc.] and bakery products [cakes and doughnuts, etc.].At work, plain water should be the primary drink option, which means no or limited intake of sugary and fizzy drinks.

I know of a workplace whereas a part of their workplace healthy eating plan, they encourage healthy shared lunches with at least 3-4 healthy food options with no deep fried foods, they celebrate every Monday and Friday with free serving of fruits to all staff and have reduced the size of their bakery products sold in their on-site cafe.

It is important to develop healthy food and drink policy at work and if you need help with this you can visit the Ministry of Health’s website or connect with me and I would be happy to create this to suit your work environment.

NOTE: This article is a general guideline only, it is always important you seek expert guidance from a health professional to manage your individual requirement.
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