Trying to lose a little weight can making working in an office like you are playing Candyland 40-60 hours a week!!!
Its all aligned with the holidays– note what time of year you are reading this blog post…. If you are reading in real time, we are in March… which means Easter is just a few weeks away… so the office is currently lined with Easter Candy… Oh so delicious Cadbury products will soon be making their way in… It starts with the Mini-Eggs and soon enough the Cadbury Egg will be here, not too mention the marshmallow Peep, all coming your way, marching like little fat calories…
Oh, so you can resist chocolate? Marshmallows are not a problem for you?
How about cookies? Even if you can resist the Girl Scout cookies, you can’t resist the Girl Scouts. Everyone has the office co-workers with the little girls dressed in their uniforms selling boxes of cookies so that they can go to camp… You can resist the cookie, but you can’t turn away the coworkers kids!!! I believe Archer stated it the best way… …and the worst part… This isn’t the worst time of the year… Not even close.
Lucky for you, Easter signals the end of the candy season. As we cruise into late spring and summer, we are holiday candy free until October when Halloween Candy starts showing up, in mini versions… Then, following almost right behind Halloween is the granddad of all Candied Holidays… Christmas. The chocolate train starts its annual Christmas run around thanksgiving and goes through new year and there is some variety and the quality of the chocolate certainly improves– and so does the calories and fat! Now, to be fair, no one does this in a malicious manner. We are all offering this up at the ends of our desks as a way to offer people a moment of bliss in their day– a reason to stop and enjoy some candy.. We all do it, particularly around the holidays when people are already indulging– who wants to be a Grinch??!?!?
But wait, there is more… Its about mid-January before all of the Christmas candy makes its way out of the house, just in time for St. Valentine to drop into the office for another month of candy!
Now, these are just the sweets that come around that are holiday based… Honorable mention comes to the sweets that don’t need a holiday to be on someone’s desk… For example, once a week one of the local recruiting firms brings in several dozen of these little gems from Top Pot donuts, a Seattle favorite… Again, all of this is done with the best of intention, but it can have a devastating impact on your workforce that is watching what they eat. More than once one of these delicious top pots has actually called to me from across the room because it needed to be eaten while it was still fresh. Granted, donuts are delicious, but the combo of the two worst things for you: Sugar and Flour make these little delights a disaster. Who doesn’t have a favorite donut? Now I can picture a bunch of good friends of mine saying thinking the same thing– donuts are easy to resist– you know they are no good for you, so why bother eating them? Well if you can resist the morning donut, how about Bagels? Deep fried dough, tons of salt aren’t as bad as the donut, until you add butter and/or cream cheese. Donuts aren’t too exciting so they don’t get their own picture. Point of this post: Even if you are being good and sticking to your meal plan– temptation is abundant!! It takes enough work to plan your meal, watch what you eat, but the workplace is riddled with these opportunites… and none of them are good. Maybe I will stock a fruit bowl at my desk and people will get the point. 🙂