The Real Reason You Shouldn't Eat at Your Desk

The Real Reason You Shouldn't Eat at Your Desk

Taryn Williford
Jan 9, 2013

There's lots of reasons not to eat at your desk. Messy fingers. Crumbs in the keyboard. But the real reason has less to do with cleanliness and more to do with your eating habits. If you're making a resolution to shed a few pounds this year, couple it up with a pledge to keep food away from your workspace.

Keeping a clean desk is important, sure. But what's more important is your health. Regularly eating at your desk can force you to develop a habit, as your brain begins to associate working with eating. After a while, you'll find yourself craving snacks as you sit down to work, consuming extra calories along the way.

Making a pledge to keep eating in the kitchen or dining room and away from the desk helps to remove your mind's association of food with working at your desk or playing games. The same goes for eating in front of the TV. If you do it often, it becomes an unhealthy habit.

If you're already in an eating-at-the-desk rut, you can also use this habit-forming behavior to your advantage. Instead of snacking at your desk, grab for a bottle of water to build an association between your workspace and getting hydrated.

Of course, sometimes you absolutely must eat in front of the computer. So if you're crunched for time because of a late-night deadline or a terribly important lunch call, you can at least try to keep it clean.

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