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Today I had a meeting at a high profile company who may want to have me as their health coach. (Excited? Yes! … More to come as things come together and I’ll let you know what company when it’s the right time to do so)….

They have food everywhere. They are surrounded by food, treats, and healthy options too. But what to do when you’re surrounded by food whether it’s at a holiday party, at work, or at home? 

Let’s take this scenario by scenario: 

1. Home: If you don’t buy it, you can’t eat it. Go to the store on a full stomach as we are more likely to buy MORE if we’re hungry. 

Then, if it’s not at home, it’s much easier not to eat it. 

You must also educate yourself on the right things to buy as well that support your wellbeing and health. 

2. At a party: Eat before you go. Fill up on healthy things so that you’re not tempted by the cheese and crackers, sweets and filo dough. Also, there are dos and don’ts of eating at parties that can help. Hint: stick to things that aren’t high in refined carbohydrates, sugars and flours. Try to avoid animal products. Stick to the veggies, olives, red wine (not too much! ONE glass is enough), and so on. 

3. At work: Crowd OUT. Fill up on healthy things so much so that you’re too stuffed to put another [insert unhealthy sugar-laden work snack here] in your mouth. Bring your own lunch so that the cookies in the break room don’t tempt you. And remember, whatever your taste buds are used to eating is what they’ll like. if you’re used to the cookies and think you don’t like salads, think again! You can retrain your taste buds but it will take some effort on your part. 

So at this company for instance, they have cafeterias all over the place. Get a big salad, have the yummy Indian tofu dish with spinach, drink the sage-infused water (I know, right? So good) in copious amounts, have some fruit, ask for brown rice instead of the white. There are many ways. You just have to want it. 

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Jenna Pacelli is a Holistic Health Coach and yoga teacher at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She coaches yoga practitioners and busy professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area and all over the world. She assists her clients in having more energy, curbing cravings naturally, losing weight and keeping it off without dieting, reducing stress levels, and living from a place of joy and authenticity. Her clients create lasting change and fully embodied health and wellbeing.