Spending an average of eight hours a day in an office cubicle can be both mentally and physically exhausting, causing stress-induced eating. According to a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, those feeling overwhelmed or burned-out at work are more likely to experience uncontrolled and emotional eating. Diet changes, like binge eating, aggravate stress by altering brain chemistry and decreasing nutrient intake (CNN Health).

“Portion control can be as simple as comparing the food you eat

to the office supplies sitting on your desk.”

Becoming portion aware at work not only limits overeating, but also helps employees maintain a healthy diet and reduce workplace anxiety. While many complain that portion control is difficult to manage in the workplace, Tony Ellison , CEO and founder of Shoplet.com, explains that “portion control can be as simple as comparing the food you eat to the office supplies sitting on your desk.

“Once you realize that there’s an obvious visual, sitting right in front of you, reminding you about how much you should or should not be eating, portion control is suddenly made simple!” Here are a few guidelines that employees can follow:

·         A computer mouse is the correct size of your daily protein serving.

·         A post-it represents the size of a correct serving of starch.

·         Your pencil holder is a good guide for portioning out vegetable servings.

·                 A thumb drive, which is about the size of an ounce of cheese, is the perfect snack-size portion. Post it

Pencil holderthumb drive
Computer mouse

Now that you have an idea, you can start practicing until you get the right foods in the right amounts. If you’re eating nutrient dense foods, you’ll get a bigger bang for your snack bite and you won’t be called to keep snacking to be satisfied.

Just another way to think about how you’re playing your version of the “Is It Healthy? Game”.