Food for thought: Surviving a day in the office

If you’re anything like me, you plan your working day around your mealtimes. And, if you’re exactly like me, there is a direct correlation between hunger and lack of productivity. So, for the sake of my job and my colleagues, I’ve mastered how to tame the hunger beast on a hourly daily basis.

The most important meal of the day

To sustain a 9+-hour day your breakfast needs to consist of more than a double shot macchiato. Don’t be fooled by the appetite suppressant qualities of caffeine! Your brain needs more sustenance to power through all those emails. Don’t underestimate the power of a great breakfast!

Career FAQs recommends: 

Nothing beats a muesli/yoghurt combo to start the day. The texture of the muesli (even better if it’s toasted) alongside the creaminess of the yoghurt will excite your tastebuds into a frenzy! Add some fruit if you’re feeling like living on the edge. Carman’s is a winner with their selection and low sugar qualities, but also feel free to make your own. And you can’t go past Barambah for the creamiest yoghurt imaginable with no added sugar – which apparently kills off all those good probiotics. 

Snacks, snacks and more snacks

Snacks are quite possibly the most important part of your hunger-busting repertoire. You can never quite tell when you’re going to be ambushed by a serious case of the munchies. The trick is to keep them on this side of healthy and obviously not your favourite-snack-of-all-time, so you’re forced to exercise self-restraint every day. There’s no point buying a month’s supply of rice crackers if you’re going to polish them off in one sitting.

Career FAQs recommends:

From My Kitchen makes snack packs to get you through two weeks of work. And the best news is that they’re 100 per cent organic, sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan. Edit: From My Kitchen has now changed their name to My Wholesome Kitchen.

The lunchtime rush

There is nothing more depressing than a cling-wrapped sandwich for lunch that was squashed in your morning commute. Lunch should be an exciting reminder that you’re halfway there and will be going home in a matter of hours. A satisfying meal will also help keep the 3:30 Cookie Monster at bay.

Career FAQs recommends:

If you’re hard-pressed for time to make inspiring lunches, then leave it to the experts. Arthur Street Kitchen delivers amazing salads to most addresses in Surry Hills (sorry everyone else!), just in time for lunch. Or if you’re looking for something heartier, Hungry Mondays are the gods of slow-cooked food. They have a range of pick-up spots and also deliver to offices. 

So there you have it – all my tips to keeping sated at work. You can thank me later.




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