Tips for healthy eating habits at work
Did you know that healthy eating habits can boost your productivity at work? If you want to get ahead in your career, ditching the junk food can help. Eliminating food that is bad for you is the first step before you can start incorporating healthy meals into your daily routine. While it may seem overwhelming to change your diet, there are simple changes you can make to get started.
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Tips for eating healthy at work:
1. Avoid junk food and caffeine
While junk food might make a convenient and tasty snack, it’s wiser to avoid the temptation of this type of food. Snacks that have a high content of trans and saturated fat, as well as sugar, can leave you feeling sluggish. Likewise, caffeine can give you an initial boost of energy which is followed by a crash. When you foster healthy eating habits at work, you’ll be able to maintain better levels of concentration for longer.
2. Eat a healthy breakfast
Starting the day off with a healthy breakfast is an excellent habit to get into. If you’re not feeling hungry you can grab a piece of fruit or protein shake on the go. Low-glycemic foods are a good choice for breakfast meals as they provide you with a consistent source of energy until your next meal.
3. Reduce your meat consumption
Meat is more difficult to digest than other foods. This means that eating big portions of meat for breakfast or lunch could decrease your productivity levels.
4. Boost your Omega 3s
Omega 3s help your brain to thrive. You can incorporate these essential fatty acids into your diet by taking supplements or by eating nuts as a tasty snack. Omega 3s make you more alert, which boosts your efficiency in the workplace. Foods that are high in Omega 3 include salmon, flaxseed, walnuts, and soybeans.
5. Drink water
Drinking enough water throughout the day is essential for your health. Dehydration thickens your blood, which results in your heart having to work harder. This means that you’ll feel drained faster, which affects your quality of work.
6. Prepare home-cooked meals
When you don’t bring your own lunch to work, it’s easy to resort to buying unhealthy food. While fast foods are a convenient option, they’re likely to slow your work down. Eating out also decreases your control over the amount of food that you eat. Large portions can lead to overeating, which can make you feel tired. If you leave your lunch at home, try getting lunch from a restaurant that has healthy food on the menu.
7. Keep a stash of healthy snacks
Nourish your body during the day by eating healthy snacks. Keeping a stash of healthy treats in your desk drawer will also decrease the temptation to reach for the junk food. While your colleagues may have a secret stash of chocolate and chips, you can go the healthy route by sticking to nuts, kale chips and dried coconut flakes. Include a moderate amount of dark chocolate for a healthier solution when your sweet tooth gets the best of you. Fruit is another option when you need a nutritious snack. It’s best to eat fruit on an empty stomach before you have lunch.
8. Eat sufficient fibre
Fibre plays a role in the slow digestion of food, which provides your body with a consistent source of energy. With sufficient fibre in your meals, you’ll be prepared to face your duties at work.
9. Listen to your body
When you’re feeling hungry, it’s best to listen to your body and have a small meal. Eating smaller portions of food more often is better than waiting until you’re starving to eat a larger meal. This strategy helps to reduce the risk of overeating, which leads to energy spikes and crashes.
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