Negative Impact of Workplace Snacks

Halloween marks the beginning of holiday eating. We don't realize it until January or even February rolls around and our muffin tops are covered by comfy sweaters but the majority of Americans eat on average 1,200 extra calories per week during the holiday period of Halloween to New Years.

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How is it that we can eat so many more calories without even realizing it? Blame it on the homemade cookies in the break room or left over Halloween candy circulating the office. Most people believe that just one cookie or just one piece of candy won't impact their waistline. The truth is, one cookie won't impact your waistline, but a study done by the CDC of 5,222 employees across the US found that employees were eating 70% more than usual compared to other periods during the year from free foods found at work. People spend about 50% of their time at work and the empty calories add up! For the average person that would equate to .5-1 lbs of weight gain per week over the holidays. 

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What can you do as an employee to help yourself and co-workers maintain dietary health through the festive holiday season?
1. Encourage your employer to offer wellness programs that promote healthier eating habits.
2. Encourage your employer to provide fruits, veggies, and other healthy options for snacks.
3. Organize a sexy salad lunch party in the office where each person brings a healthy salad ingredient to share and people build their own salads.
4. Bring in a nutrition counselor to help people better understand how what they are eating impacts them.
5. Organize a walking group that meets before work, at lunch, or after work. 

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You do not have to be another holiday weight statistic.

If you live or work in Oakland, Ca contact us today to help you get a nutrition or fitness program started!

Fitness Valentine

Do you workout with your loved one? Does it have a positive or negative impact on your relationship? We have many couples at Truve who have been married for many years, those who have been dating for weeks and everything in between. We wanted to find out how incorporating exercise and movement into their lives has had an impact so we took our questions to our members and this is what we found out. 

Every Truve family member that we spoke to said that they experienced both positive and negative  affects on their relationships. 100% of couples said that they experienced bonding and increased attraction to one another. Some even went as far to say that their "arousal" both during and after workouts increased. Our friends over at Livestrong.com outline more about this here.  

Another aspect that was touched upon regularly as we talked to more members was the idea of a flirtatious competitiveness that formed. One Truve family member Mary said that training with her partner has pushed her to do more than she would on her own and she has found a fun flirtatious competitiveness has formed in the fitness aspect of their relationship. Conversely, Truve trainer Fernando said that he and his fiancee can get too competitive during their bodybuilding show preparation workouts and sometime need to ground themselves. However this intense competitiveness and the need to work back to center has actually helped them work on their communication. 

As far as we can see, whether you are lifting weights, hiking, dancing, or just moving with your significant other the positives far out way the negatives. Plus, if you find that you and your partner just don't love the same fitness activities, that doesn't mean you can't both compromise every once and a while join them for something they love to do. Afterall, you might just see an uptick in your love life post the workout. As out client Michelle said, "The more positive things you can do together and share, the better!"