Research by the British Dietetic Association found that:-
- During their working life, the average British worker spends a total of over £20,000 (around £2 a day) on snack food, excluding their lunchtime or breakfast meals.
- One third of all workers skip breakfast
So why should we bother with healthy eating at work?
According the British Heart Foundation we consume at least a third of our daily calorie intake whilst we are at work. Remember this includes what we drink as well as what we eat!
What we eat and drink will ultimately affect our performance. So if we don’t eat regular, well-balanced meals or drink enough water while at work we will inevitably feel sluggish and have difficulty concentrating on our work – resulting in lower productivity. Bad for the employee and employer.
If you are an employer, ensure that you are reinforcing the message that eating a balanced meal is essential, and try to make rewards of sweet and savory treats less frequent and perhaps think of other ways of motivating your staff
Likewise, if you have a desk based job, getting away from your desk during the day is essential – during lunch, even if you can only squeeze in 15 minutes – go for a walk, it’s a good idea to get moving to help maintain your productivity levels. Getting the blood flowing to into your muscles increases your oxygen levels which will make you feel more alert.
Here are our top tips on treating your body and brain right:
- Diet – Eat a balanced diet
- Don’t skip breakfast (or lunch) – Your brain will not function as well as it should if you haven’t eaten for hours. Make sure that you make time to have breakfast before leaving home – but make sure you eat the right things.
- Drink plenty of water
- Exercise – go for a short stroll on your lunch break, and even though you may not feel like it after a hard day at the office, do some exercise after work, we are certain you’ll feel the benefits of it.
- Finally – make sure you are getting the right amount of sleep. Your brain and body will thank you for it.