6 Ways to Outsmart Office Food Obstacles

The Scenario:
You and your coworkers order group lunches from nearby restaurants, but their top picks include pizza, burgers, fried foods, and overstuffed sammies.

The Solution:
If you’d rather stick with the group than brown-bag more wholesome meals, start collecting menus from your colleagues’ favorite restaurants, highlight the healthiest options on each, and use a big, black Sharpie to cross out the ones that are worst for your waistline. Stash the menus in your desk drawer, so when you find out what everyone’s craving for lunch each day, you can quickly skim the low-cal listings (and remain happily oblivious to the uber-cal ones). As for days when your coworkers want to spontaneously order food from a new neighborhood joint, remember: It’s 2014! Grab your smart phone, do a quick web search, and browse the new menu for salads, veggies, and meats (or other proteins) that are grilled, baked, steamed, broiled, poached… basically, any version of ‘non-fried.’