Scenes from the Lunch Room

When I started working at my job about a year ago, I quickly recognized that I have extremely healthy coworkers.  Most days, everyone brings their lunch, we take a break outside or in the kitchen, and then continue to ruthlessly make fun of each other for a solid half hour. There is no - holding - back.

Today I decided to take a picture of everyone's lunch and share the health benefits of each. You'll see I wasn't kidding (I didn't even warn them I was doing this today).

Some were excited to share (Maddy), others not so much (Souc). All kidding aside, being in such a healthy environment every day keeps us consistently motivated to eat well and exercise. When in an environment that is not as healthy, it makes it much more difficult to stay healthy, yourself. There have been quite a few studies regarding this thought. My advice to those who are in a less-healthy environment is to be the trendsetter. Tell yourself that you need to be the role model. Stick to it for multiple days at a time and see what starts to happen. Sure, you'll probably get asked why you 'eat rabbit food' or 'oooohhh you're so healllthy'. Those comments can be frustrating, but, know that you are doing your health and your figure a favor. Provide these folks with the facts and why it tastes good. Eventually, some should catch on. If not, keep up the good work and know that you are strong.

Avocado, roasted garlic, olives, mustard/vinegar dressing. Fiber-rich, anti-inflammatory, loaded with Omega-3's. Awesome choice.

Avocado, roasted garlic, olives, mustard/vinegar dressing. Fiber-rich, anti-inflammatory, loaded with Omega-3's. Awesome choice.

Carrots, romaine, buffalo chicken, no dressing. Berries. Good choice here. The buffalo chicken was fried but he balanced it out nicely. Protein, fiber, Vitamin C & antioxidants are the main players in this meal.

Carrots, romaine, buffalo chicken, no dressing. Berries. Good choice here. The buffalo chicken was fried but he balanced it out nicely. Protein, fiber, Vitamin C & antioxidants are the main players in this meal.

Romaine, snow peas, carrots, almonds, cranberries, goat cheese, radishes. Dressing was mustard/vinegar blend.  Packed with antioxidants, vitamin d, omegas, and B's. Needs an egg or some chicken on it for protein. I didn't have time to boil one up this morning so I added more almonds.

Romaine, snow peas, carrots, almonds, cranberries, goat cheese, radishes. Dressing was mustard/vinegar blend.  Packed with antioxidants, vitamin d, omegas, and B's. Needs an egg or some chicken on it for protein. I didn't have time to boil one up this morning so I added more almonds.

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Red pepper, onion and garlic – then to make it a bake – egg, milk and cheddar cheese. Adapted from Krista’s Peruvian bake. (Krista is in Canada today but usually she's got a great balance of protein, veg, and enough fruit to feed an army.)

Red pepper, onion and garlic – then to make it a bake – egg, milk and cheddar cheese. Adapted from Krista’s Peruvian bake. (Krista is in Canada today but usually she's got a great balance of protein, veg, and enough fruit to feed an army.)

Good choice from Sebastian's downstairs.  Whole wheat wrap with spinach, onions, ham, turkey & cheese.  Small bag of chips (I think they are between 100-120 cals so not terrible). Protein, fiber, and calcium are the stand-outs here.

Good choice from Sebastian's downstairs.  Whole wheat wrap with spinach, onions, ham, turkey & cheese.  Small bag of chips (I think they are between 100-120 cals so not terrible). Protein, fiber, and calcium are the stand-outs here.

We all sneak in a little chocolate after lunch. Usually we have dark chocolate squares in the 'hidden' drawer, but, somebody brought these in today! Oye. I cannot resist an M&M, but, we all kept it under control.  Moderation is key.

We all sneak in a little chocolate after lunch. Usually we have dark chocolate squares in the 'hidden' drawer, but, somebody brought these in today! Oye. I cannot resist an M&M, but, we all kept it under control.  Moderation is key.

So how does you office compare to mine? Let me know.

Have an awesome night and GO BRUINS!!!! xo