Do You Have a Candy Jar in Your Office? – Nutrition Notes
Hey, what’s up?
What the hell?!
Exactly when in life was it decided that it’s a good idea to freely offer sugary crap that tastes amazing, increases your waistline, and decreases your energy, in an environment where you are supposed be productive? When it’s in the company’s best interest for you to be healthy so you can be productive?
Naysayers will respond that it’s okay to treat yourself – it’s just small pieces of candy – or that they don’t care, they only get one life… blahblahblah…but it’s not these people who I try to talk to, because they’re not ready for change. If you’re ignorant to the outcome of eating candy everyday, I can’t help you until you are open to change.
So I’m not here for them. I’m here for YOU.
I’m blown away by our m.e.l.ters, especially those of you in our inner circle nutrition group who battle their temptations everyday.
Here are 3 Ways to Help:
- Take a stand: Talk to your superior about this damn candy jar, not in a confrontational way but more to seek to understand. Is it supposed to be a nice gesture? Sure it tastes good but it’s messing with everyone in the office, whether or not they admit it. I know it’s easy for me to say as I am self-employed. You may well have a stubborn superior who loves to be ignorant to the outcome of poor choices. But there is something to be said about taking a stand for what you believe in.
- Put out a “m.e.l.t. alternative”—a dispenser with a healthy snack right next to that candy jar. Your least expensive option would be a nut dispenser that was filled from a large container of nuts from one of the big-box warehouse stores. It would be sanitary, cheap, and efficient—and who doesn’t love an almond snack?
You shouldn’t have to foot the bill, either. Go around and survey your office. People are looking for an excuse to be healthy but often they’re too afraid to go out on the limb. If that darn candy jar can be subsidized, so can the nut dispenser!
- Give yourself a weekly allowance; in other words 1-2 snacks per week. And give yourself a pat on the back, too–for making a change for the better!