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Carry Junk Food in your Desk? Think Again!

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Nutritionists say healthy eating is one of the fundamentals of life. It can even change your attitude and well-being.

When it comes to healthy eating, you've heard all of the advice: low fat, no fat, proteins, and carbs, but what about snacking?

Registered Dietitian, Dayle Hayes said, "I think that you should take snacking as seriously as you should take getting dressed for work. So, right as you get up in the morning and think okay I've got to dress a certain way, and I'm going to go in and go to work."

Hayes said you should keep a drawer full of healthy snacks at work, otherwise you'll run to the candy machine.

"It always needs to have some kind of fruits, whole fruit, dry fruit. I also think vegetables are great, those little sweet peppers, or baby carrots, or something like that you can easily snack on," said Hayes.

Certified Athletic Trainer, Becky Abrams, said it's more than that.

"There's a ton of studies out there that show that anxiety levels are high without exercise, increase in type 2 diabetes, increased in a lot of illnesses, such as osteoporosis and things like that," said Abrams.

Besides exercise and eating right at home and at work, you should pay attention when you decide to go to a restaurant.

When it comes to eating out, Americans love everything about this, which is why the Center for Science in the Public Interest said that eating out in a restaurant is around 1,500 calories.

"And that doesn't include the unlimited bread sticks and unlimited salad that you might eat. At some restaurants it's even more than that, but we sit down and we think, 'oh that's a portion, so I'm going to eat that,'" said Hayes.

Hayes said the most important meal of the day is breakfast. She said people who eat breakfast maintain a healthier weight than people who skip breakfast.

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