Tips for eating while you workMany people find themselves having a quick lunch at their desk while trying to meet the day's deadlines. The bad news is that this can lead not only to poor nutritional choices, but to food-safety problems as well. One of the biggest drawbacks to eating at your desk is that you're not focused on your food. Instead, you're sending e-mail, answering the phone, shuffling paper; the perfect recipe for overeating. But if you're forced to grab a snack while you're hunched over that ever-growing pile of work, keep these tips in mind: Watch what you eat. Pay attention to what you're putting in your mouth and don't overdo it because you're too focused on e-mail. For lunch, choose a medium-sized meal that doesn't fill you up. Bring your lunch. Bring a salad with chicken, nuts, beans and veggies. You'll get some great nutrients, including fibre and protein. To keep your lunch safe, use an insulated lunch bag and keep it in a cool place. Walk when you can. If you have to eat at your desk, look for ways to move during the day. Walk to the water cooler, to the copy machine; do anything to move those muscles. Disinfect your desk. Wipe your whole desk area with disinfecting wipes once a day. Be sure to get your phone, keyboard and mouse as well, and avoid touching those surfaces while you're eating. Wash your hands after you eat. Eat with a friend. If you must eat at your desk, invite an officemate over to eat with you. It's important from a productivity and creativity standpoint to take a break and interact with your colleagues. Don't make it a habit. Anytime you can get away for lunch, take advantage of it. Catch up with you friends at work, or relax and read a magazine in the cafeteria.