Working in an all female office often brings the usual lunchtime talk of the dreaded "D" word - DIETS.
For most of us, this conversation will take place on a Monday, when we all start the week with the greatest of intentions. By Wednesday the frantic discussions of which trend will make us shed the most weight become less frequent as we all try and ignore the fact that our salads have morphed to sandwiches and there is certainly a whisper or two of a trip to the vending machine.
Considering that bikini season is almost over my motivation comes slightly late in the summer, but I have taken the bold decision to stop discussing diets and actually follow one. Being a person of extremes, and not liking to do things by half, I have decided to embark on a liquid only diet. Clearly this makes me sound like a crazy person, particularly during a week filled with internal competitions, yet I know that the rewards I will get from it will be worth it.
So, how important is feeling physically fit and healthy to our emotional state? How can a diet contribute towards our performance in the work place? I think the answer is to have a healthy balance. We have to ensure that we are getting a good balance of the necessary vitamins and energy that our bodies need to stay mentally and physically alert. My diet is tough and I am only half way through the first week, but I am already waking up with more energy, I don't feel as sluggish and I don't have to worry myself over a possible weekend treat.
My advice for diets in an office environment would be to remain strong. Don't be influenced by other colleagues who don't need to diet and focus on your own goals. Like recruitment a diet takes, preparation, determination and alot of hard work!