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Eating Healthy at Work

One of the most common New Year's resolutions year after year is to improve overall well-being, including eating healthier and losing weight. Eating healthier can be a difficult goal to achieve when work-life balance is thrown into anxiety. A busy and unbalanced life often increases stress; and stress are known to affect your mood, energy levels, and eating habits. During a busy and busy weekday with meetings and conference calls, it's easier to grab a blueberry muffin from the lounge than to mix a cup of yogurt with some fruit and granola. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the amount of calories they eat daily by making impulsive food choices.

Here are some examples:

· Yoplait Light Blueberry Patch Yogurt is 100 calories compared to Dunkin Donuts Blueberry Muffin at 500 calories or Muffin Blueberry Reduced Fat at 450 calories

· Medium banana is 110 calories compared to a piece of Starbucks Banana Nut Loaf at 490 calories

· One medium apple is 95 calories compared to McDonald's Baked Apple Pie with 250 calories

· McDonalds medium Strawberry Banana Smoothie is 260 calories compared to medium McDonalds Strawberry McCafe Shake at 710 calories

· One pack of Quaker Apples & Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal is 130 calories compared to Starbucks Cookie Oatmeal Outrageous at 370 calories

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the recommended calorie intake for active adult women is 2,200 calories and the recommended calorie intake for active adult men is 2,800 calories (both can vary by age, activity level, and weight). When eating high-calorie foods during meals or snacks, it does not leave much room for leftovers. If you're craving a high calorie diet, do a quick search for healthier and healthier alternatives. There are many websites to help determine the calorie content of any food item and most restaurants post nutritional facts on their website. Lastly, always remember to read the nutrition labels when available! Just because a food item sounds healthy doesn't mean it's healthy. For the purposes of this blog, calories are just being compared. There are many other factors to consider when choosing healthy foods; Fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, sugars, and protein are some of the most popular.

Help your friends stay on track to improve their overall well-being and share your favorite healthy meals with us!


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