Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

The In-Office Emergency Nutritional Kit


Tired of having stare-downs with those boxes of Krispy Kremes, trays of brownies, and platters of cookies some well-intentioned but nutritionally clueless co-worker brings into the office? Be prepared for these and other nutritional setbacks at your office by stocking up on a few key items that will have your desk a veritable nutritional emergency kit.

Water: Bottles and bottles of water. Small bottles, big bottles, plastic bottles, glass bottles, whatever it takes. Having enough water within your reach everyday will keep you well hydrated as well as keeping your stomach filled when you'd otherwise fall prey to the lingering office munchies.

Fruit: Each week, bring a bag of fresh fruit to the office and store it in your desk. And don't just stick with the common fare of apples and oranges. Berries, mangos, kiwi will keep for several days, more if you have access to an office refrigerator, and provide variety to whet your appetite for something other than those fudge brownies.

Protein bars: You can also use these as part of one of your daily meals. Be careful and read the labels. Many "nutritional bars" are nothing more than candy bars in deceptive packaging. Stay away from the ones with high sugar and fat content.

Vegetables: Bring a couple of small ziplocked bags of baby carrots, celery or your other favorite veggies that will keep.

Low-fat cottage cheese/low sugar yogurt: Small containers of these on hand will provide nutritional meal options.

Ricecakes: A bag of low-sodium ricecakes tucked away can satisfy a need to eat something crunchy. Just stay away from the ones loaded with flavored sugar coating.

Toothbrush/Mouthwash: I learned this trick from a friend who was a competitive bodybuilder. During pre-contest dieting, he would attempt to deflect the temptation to eat blacklisted foods within his reach by brushing his teeth. He said the last thing he wanted to do after brushing with minty toothpaste was chew a gooey piece of fudge or candy. Not bad for keeping your breath fresh, either.

Utensils: Make sure you have a serving or two of utensils at your desk, along with something to cut your food if needed.

Thermal-Lunchbags: Perfect for storing food when a refrigerator is not available. Available in many sizes.

The first step to staying on track with your eating, particularly at work, is planning. You don't have the power to control what your co-workers bring into the office, but you can help ward off temptation by stocking up on a few items of your own. Remember, the point is to not make your own desk resemble a supermarket aisle, but to have enough options on hand in order to substitute for the really bad stuff should the need arise.

About The Author

Jon Gestl, CSCS, is a Chicago personal trainer and fitness instructor who specializes in helping people get in shape in the privacy and convenience of their home or office. He is a United States National Aerobic Champion silver and bronze medalist and world-ranked sportaerobic competitor. He can be contacted through his website at http://www.jongestl.com.

jongestl@jongestl.com


MORE RESOURCES:

UC Davis Nutrition Scientists Predict Brave New World for Food and Health ...
Sierra Sun Times
“The advances that will be well underway when 2020 arrives will help people live healthier, longer and more productive lives,” said Robert Hackman, a research nutritionist at UC Davis and lead author of the group's forecast of the 10 top trends in ...
Brave new world for food and health coming, nutrition scientists predictImperial Valley News

all 2 news articles »


Jackson Clarion Ledger

Santa Institute: Nutrition, exercise part of visit with kids
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Andrew Banks, 12, of Brandon, waits for results from a “Naughty or Nice” machine Saturday during the Mississippi Children's Museum Santa Institute in Jackson. (Photo: Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger). 1 CONNECT 1 TWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAIL ...

and more »


Food Safety News

Nutrition Bars Recalled for Salmonella Risk
Food Safety News
San Diego-based Perfect Bar & Company is recalling specific lots of its Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch nutrition bar products due to a Salmonella risk. The recalled products have packaging and/or wrappers with the expiration date and lot codes ...
Perfect Bar & Company Recalls Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch Nutrition ...eNews Park Forest

all 5 news articles »


Reader's view: EBT cards need better rules for nutrition
Duluth News Tribune
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, WIC helps buy the nutritional things needed to keep small children healthy, happy and ready to learn, and every day I hope non-WIC items don't show up on my screen. Sometimes that can be challenging, ...

and more »


Herald-Mail Media

Kent Nutrition Group honored by American Feed Industry Association
Herald-Mail Media
Celebrating Kent Nutrition Group's runner-up Feed Mill of the Year award are, front row from left, Jeremy Ruckman, Donald Castleman, Steve Mowen, Charles Brennan, Pierre Desautels, Jeremy Rowden and Fred Smith. Second row, Chris Shearer, Jason ...
Kent Corporation announces promotionsMuscatine Journal

all 2 news articles »


Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Nutrition: Head into the holidays stress-free
Sioux Falls Argus Leader
If the panic and dread of holiday stress is already beginning to creep into your thoughts, the following strategies may help keep the stress out. Part of the stress associated with the holidays can be remedied by keeping yourself in good health with ...



Nutrition App Rise Adds Apple HealthKit Integration And Launches Its First ...
TechCrunch
Over the past year-and-a-half, the team behind personal nutrition app Rise has worked to help its users make better decisions about the things that they eat. Today, they're launching an update to the app that will also provide diet coaches with more ...

and more »


Healthy Eats (blog)

This Week's Nutrition News Feed
Healthy Eats (blog)
... juice drinking may elevate sugar intake, which can spark blood pressure spikes. Culinary nutritionist Stefanie Sacks suggests skipping juice and instead drinking smoothies made by blending whole fruits and vegetables, which pack more fiber and ...



Hi.Q: Nutrition Knowledge That Matters
U.S. News & World Report (blog)
The crazily addictive app is a timed, quiz-type game on all things health and nutrition. With 10,000 questions covering 300-plus topics – and new quiz topics added daily – players can test their knowledge on everything from nutrition to fitness to ...

and more »


CBC.ca

Nutrition North food subsidy program: What went wrong
CBC.ca
For years, northerners have complained about Nutrition North to anyone who would listen, grumbling that the $60-million annual federal food subsidy was doing little to ease their staggering grocery costs. No one, it seemed, took much notice. That all ...
A look at what went wrong with the Nutrition North food subsidy programThe Daily Courier (subscription)

all 10 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.