By: Taylor O’Neil
The worst eater in your office may not be the one you suspect.
Cheeseburgers, French fries, pizza, cupcakes, ice cream, chocolate cake oozing with a rich frosting and topped with whipped cream. This likely activates your taste buds and maybe even causes you to drool. Everyone has a weakness for a specific type of food, which they just can’t turn down. Some may even say that it calls their name when it is on the shelf at the store or in the cabinets or refrigerator at home.
Healthy Food Choices or Not?
Every office has their food-a-holics. At KHTS we have our share. We have many coworkers in the KHTS office who have poor eating habits that do not lead to a healthy lifestyle.
Rachael indulges in many of her favorite sweets. Her top unhealthy food choices list went on extensively, but included cupcakes, pies, candy, ice cream, and chips with salsa or guacamole. She even claimed to eat ice cream in her bed before going to sleep at night.
Joseph has a special place in his heart for bacon. He has even made bacon a meal claiming to eat only bacon for breakfast at times. He also enjoys Red Vines, Cheez-Its, cookie dough ice cream, and fast food burgers.
Tim frequently eats out at fast food restaurants. Some places that he commonly visits are Tommy’s Burgers, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s. He is known for devouring chili cheese fries and burgers, deep-fried Snickers, Nutella, donuts, and the KFC Double Down. The KFC Double Down consists of bacon and cheese slathered in “Colonel Sauce” between two fried chicken breasts.
Roby and Sage being a father and son duo here in the office have many of the same poor eating habits. They both enjoy pizza, nachos, donuts, and either soda for Sage and beer for Roby. Each has their other own favorites of hot dogs, chips, or the Western Bacon Cheeseburger from Carl’s Jr.
Andrew enjoys all kinds of food, but frequents Starbucks as he is on his way to receiving his Gold Card. His top five worst food choices are tacos, beer, fries, steak, and pork rinds. He is known for attending Taco Tuesday events and even craves tacos for lunch on the other days of the week.
Caitlin’s weakness is ranch dressing, which she believes could be a food itself. She will eat it with just about anything. Her top five worst food choices are fries, hot wings, milkshakes, cheeseburgers, and of course ranch dressing.
Perry is known as the worst foodie in the office. While staying in Sacramento on KHTS’s Sacramento Trip, he ate his meatball sub in bed and proceeded to get sauce and crumbs all over the sheets of the bed that he thought he had to share with another traveler (that’s a whole other story we’ll save for a future article). His top five worst food choices are the Western Bacon Cheeseburger, a four-meat pizza, fries, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and pie desserts. He enjoys pies in these flavors: Boston cream, coconut cream, or chocolate cream.
Now I couldn’t antagonize the others in the office without revealing my top five worst food types. I would like to believe that I eat rather healthy, but attending my first year of college this past year and being placed on a meal plan disabled me from my usual healthy eating options. Without the usual fresh fruit and vegetables along with food from the grill, my diet changed drastically due to the lack of healthy options. I was forced to eat food with high salt and preservative content and fresh fruit and vegetables were not an option unless I wanted to eat just plain lettuce. I still manage to find healthy options now that I am home again, but will always have some foods that are unhealthy. My top five worst food choices include Doritos, chips and salsa, Pizookies, ice cream, and pizza.
Granted, it is a challenge to take out the food that everyone loves and indulges in completely, but I was always taught that it is acceptable to eat unhealthy food in smaller amounts.
How to make healthier food choices and not be the Worst Eater
I have a friend who will eat an entire gallon of ice cream in one sitting and then be ashamed of herself, but rather than eating that all in one night, it would be smart to have smaller bowls of ice cream throughout the week. Instead of taking out all the “bad” food from your diet at once, slowly ease yourself out of the habits that are unhealthy to yourself. And if you are prone to snacking, provide yourself with healthy options such as berries or small vegetables like cherry tomatoes, carrots, or celery sticks.
Another option is grilling or baking meats or vegetables rather than frying them on the stove. Easy ways to cut back include not using a creamy dressing, but rather olive oil and vinegar on a salad, taking the time to prepare food for yourself rather than always eating out, and paying attention to food labels.
When you cook for yourself, you can control how the food is made and what it is made with. If you cook for yourself you will also save money because eating out can quickly add up. Although fast food restaurants seem fast and easy, the food will not provide your body with the proper nutrients to give you energy throughout the day, but rather a rapid increase then decrease in blood sugar levels.
The majority of foods that our office consumed as a guilty pleasure seemed to be sugar based. Sugar can be disguised in food labels as cane sugar or maple syrup, corn sweetener or corn syrup, honey or molasses, brown rice syrup, crystallized or evaporated cane juice, fruit juice concentrates, maltodextrin, dextrose, fructose, glucose, maltose, or sucrose. Be aware of how food labels will make the food seem healthier. Avoiding packaged or processed foods is an easy way to maintain a healthier diet.
Although the people in my office do not seem to be making the smartest decisions on the food they eat, there is always a way to balance out what you eat with exercise or healthier options. It is important to never cut yourself off completely from the foods that you enjoy, otherwise you are more likely to slip up and overindulge.
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Who Are The Worst Eaters In Your Office?
Article Source: Loseaton
Author: Taylor O’Neil