As we begin a new year, the standard promise of keeping fit or going on a diet takes effect. What can be often overlooked is the positive effects eating healthy can do for us at work. There are so many ways to seamlessly include healthy eating into our workplace routine.
Start the day right. With many of us stuck at home, it is easy to avoid breakfast and snack on unhealthy foods. Make time for breakfast each day before starting work. By eating nutritiously, you can reduce the temptation to snack on unhealthy foods throughout the day. If you are worried about taking too much time out of your day, eat fruit at your desk or prepare breakfast the night before.
In addition to numerous health benefits, you may get an added boost from knowing that by eating the right foods you will benefit from improved concentration, more energy, a boosted immune system, and better overall health.
Everybody gets stressed at times and with many working from home, there are more opportunities for people to get stressed than usual. Eating right from the first meal of the day can encourage digestion, process nutrients, and help contain cortisol levels which reduce stress levels.
Keep a bottle of water on your desk. Water is an important part of your workplace diet. Dehydration can cause tiredness, poor concentration and headaches. Some foods trick your body into thinking that you are still hungry after a meal. If this happens to you, try having a drink of water, this will reduce hunger pangs.
Like anything, if you invested in eating healthy you are more likely to be successful. When making diet changes at work remind yourself of the benefits and your work productivity, even if they are not immediately obvious.
While snacking on the wrong foods are counterproductive, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables are ideal snacks and will keep you energised.
As with breakfast, it might be tempting to skip lunch, especially if you need to meet a deadline. With home working on the increase, take the opportunity to get away from your desk and get physically active.
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