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Bad Job Equals Bad Diet? Does It Have To Be That Way?

Updated on August 12, 2012

A Burger Made With A Doughnut!

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How To Watch The Quality Of Your Food Choices Slide!


There are a lot of people out there in jobs they're not too happy about, and it has a lot to do with the economy. If you have a job then you'd better hold on to it, the thinking goes in a recession. Don't rock the boat and just be grateful for what you have!

Biut what about the downside to being in a job you hate (other than the job itself.)? I mean all the little and not-so-little things: the buying of treats to make it up to yourself for having to tolerate a job you dislike. The slacking off with outside interests, housework and even other job applications, all down to being depressed and demotivated by – well, by being in a crap job. And, by no means least of all, the effect on the diet of being in a stressful and highly-pressured environment (or a boring, stifling one, or one where you have few opportunities for food shopping and little choice in eateries.)

So what effect does that have on your diet, day in, day out, exactly? Oh come off it. You know as well as I do: the initial resolve and establishment of good habits: salads, bargain shopping, low-fat sandwichs, porridge for breakfast. The beginning of the slide: white toast and butter with breakfast, the odd packet of crisps. And the final capitulation: bacon sarnies in the (subsidized) company cafe, choccie bars from the vending machine, beer in the evening with the guys from work, eating yourself out of house and home (and all the way through the contents of the freezer and the local takeaway) at the weekend, to take your mind off it.

It has a cost: and the cost is in terms of both wallet and health. So what to do about it? Well, pre-warned is already armed. We've all – most of us – been there. If that's where you're heading, bear it in mind – and maybe this time stick to your resolutions, and stick to the apple instead of the chocolate bar!

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Great advice, although I have to admit that it's a lot easier said than done. I've worked in some horrible jobs and believe me, sometimes knowing that I was going home to stuff my face or have a bar of chocolate, was all that got me through the day. I think that if you really are in a situation where you are unable to get out of a job that is making you unhappy (financial reasons, timing, etc), then you should definitely try and replace that chocolate bar with a snack bar for example. I found that looking forward to a treat helps - if it's a healthy one that still tastes great, all the better! This is an important topic - thanks for sharing. Voted up!!

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