Sigh. While I’m uber-happy that my job is being conscious of having vegan options (these incredible vegan donuts come from the Donut Bar in San Diego), I’m sad that we are celebrating Employee Appreciation Day with giant, sugary donuts.
I see my co-workers hooked on caffeine, sugar, fatty fast food, salty processed food, and these addictions make them feel like they can’t change their lives. I wish we could change the corporate culture so that celebration and appreciation are not equated to unhealthy “treats.” Trying to eat well in a corporate environment is like trying to stop drinking while working at a bar. Everything here revolves around unhealthy food.
I watch my poor co-workers trying to resist taking a donut, their eyes gleam with attempted will-power, they lick their lips nervously. Some are able to say no the first time the cart goes by but by the second or third time, after smelling the donuts in the air and hearing everyone down in IT clamoring for joy, they usually give in. Afterwards, everyone spends the day sugar-crashed and guilt-ridden.
We spend our days sitting at desks, stressed about arbitrary work and deadlines, leaning on sweets and fats and salts and caffeine to get us through the day. We are, essentially, a different type of cattle than those that most of my co-workers consume. I hope within my lifetime, I can see the vast majority take a stand and say no to being plied with “treats” in order to keep us compliant consumers.
If you think I’m overreacting, read this article by David Cain about how the forty-hour work week is designed to keep us fatigued and spending money. Vending machines and donuts and pizza lunches compound this effect.
On a lighter note:
I couldn’t eat these because they’re not gluten-free, so I brought them to my friends’ joint birthday which coincidentally had a cake/dessert theme. At least they were split amongst many happy vegans and consumed in moderation alongside salads, fruits, and veggies. And vegan cheese. So much delicious delicious vegan cheese ;)