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Could you survive without your favourite office snacks?

We all know how hard it can be to eat healthy in the office. The constant supply of sugar loaded treats sitting on the desk requires too much will power to avoid.

Replacing these calorific snacks with inventive, healthy options could prove to be more beneficial than you might think!

It’s always a good time to give up those bad habits when other people are also taking up the challenge. This way, you can help to encourage each other and, if you get the whole office involved, there’ll be less treats on the desks – meaning less temptation!

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and lasts until Easter Sunday, it’s the perfect time to kick your bad habits once and for all.

There are multiple benefits to giving up our favourite naughty traits. So whether it’s chocolate at the desk, or your morning caffeine, here are 4 office habits you should give up for Lent and why.

Chocolate

The NHS says we’re all eating way too much sugar and if chocolate is your weakness, giving it up for 40 days could be just what you need to finally kick your habit for good.

Not only does too much sugar give you tooth decay it can also lead to the build up of harmful fat on the inside that we can’t see.

This fat around vital organs can cause weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers!

Taking fruit or nuts to work can help those who feel they need to snack every hour – this worked for me!

Smoking

Anyone who smokes knows all about the dangers it can cause and the effects it has on your body.

So aside from cutting your risk of getting heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis, the NHS claims that you’ll also have better sex, more energy, whiter teeth, better smell and taste and you’ll feel less stressed.

And even better, you’ll save money. Want to know a rough idea of how much you’ll save based on how often you smoke? You can calculate it at www.canstopsmoking.com

Caffeine

Do you rely on your morning Starbucks to get you through the day?

Reducing your coffees can lower your blood pressure, help you sleep better and will save your a fortune! Think about how much your daily cappuccino or latte adds up to each week.

Why not try out some fruity teas? I know for us Northerners, fruit tea is a hard concept to get your head around, but there are so many options out there now, chances are there will be one for you!

Junk food

Giving up junk food will obviously help you loose weight as greasy pizza, burgers and fries are laden with calories. But they’re also high in saturated fat and salt which can lead to chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol.

Quitting it for Lent will encourage you to eat more fruit and veg so it will help you to get in your five-a-day, and will help you get in your essential nutrients and vitamins from other healthier options.

I’m afraid the key to this is being organised! Prepare your lunch for work the night before, this way it will stop you from wondering round the available fast-food outlets nearby.

 

Some of our staff at Jobwise have given up chocolate AND crisps for Lent. Possibly a little ambitious… but we are staying strong!

Best of luck with giving up those naughty office snacks.

Let us know how you get on!

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09Mar2016