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Bad eating habits? Your colleagues are likely to blame

Bad eating habits? Your colleagues are likely to blame
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Apparently, if your lunch habits are bad - it’s likely the fault of your colleagues…


Work wouldn’t be the same without our co-workers. They quickly grow from being your office buddies, to the people you see more than your very own family. From morning coffees, to lunch breaks, we often fall under certain routines at work that we share with our teammates throughout the day. However, some of these routines might actually tempt you to make unknowingly unhealthy choices.


Ever heard of ‘mirror meals’? This is when you mirror the food that is on the plate of the person in front of you. How many times have you brought a salad for lunch thinking you would be eating clean that day… and then saw your colleague Pamela arrive with a bag of greasy takeout? One too many.


However, before getting upset at your co-worker for their unhealthy eating habits, you should know that this reaction is simply human nature. While you may have put in the conscious effort in the morning to make yourself a lunch, the sight of the food placed in front of you alone will naturally trigger you to want to mirror that person.


The good news? This also applies for healthy eating habits! So, if you’re looking for some inspiration this year to get into shape, ask your colleague to mirror you in eating cleaner on your daily lunch breaks. 


After all, team work really does make the dream work!

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