Eat well at work

March 3, 2016

Boost your productivity

Did you know that eating well at work not only nourishes your body, but enhances your work performance, boosting your overall productivity? A recent study by the Health Enhancement Research Organisation (HERO) found that workers who ate healthy meals and exercised regularly had better performance outcomes and lower absenteeism.

The HERO study found that absenteeism was 27% lower for workers who ate healthily and exercised regularly. These days, more and more employers are prioritising the individual wellbeing of their workers, understanding the direct correlation between an individual’s health, performance outcomes and overall productivity.

No matter what industry you work in, eating well matters! Eating small, regular meals packed with vitamins and minerals will boost your concentration and help you stay energised for longer. So think twice about that caffeine hit, and check out our 5 top tips for eating well and boosting your productivity at work!

  1. Eat wholegrains. Multigrain and whole-grain carbs take longer for your body to digest. This means a slow release of energy throughout the day, with the added benefits of feeling full—helping you control your appetite—and high fibre for a healthy gut, or gastrointestinal tract. So eat curry leftovers with brown rice, or salads with a boost of quinoa.
  1. Eat small, regular snacks and meals. Eating small, regular meals keeps your blood glucose levels constant and energises your body for longer. Having long breaks between snacks or meals causes your blood sugar levels to dip excessively low, meaning that when you do eat, you’re more likely to overeat, causing a sudden rise in your blood sugar levels. Eating small, regular meals helps to guard you against low energy, lethargy and mood swings.
  1. Snack on fresh fruit, vegies and nuts. Opt for nutrient-dense fresh vegies, fruit and nuts as snacks, such as blueberries, raw capsicum strips with hummus dip, and cashew nuts. We know it’s tempting…but try not to snack on junk food at work! Biscuits, buns, cakes, bagels etc are full of trans fats that will make you feel sluggish. Lollies and chocolate give you a quick sugar high, followed by a crash. This crash will significantly decrease your alertness and motivation.
  1. Avoid caffeine overdose! Once again, we know it’s tempting…but try not to rely on coffee for your daily (or hourly!) “quick fix”. Much like sugary snacks, caffeine will give you a sudden energy boost, followed by a crash. Overdosing on coffee significantly harms your productivity. To stay productive throughout the day, it’s far better to drink organic green tea, which is full of disease-fighting antioxidants (and yes, a very small amount of caffeine!).
  1. Stay hydrated. Have you ever thought about how much—or how little—water you drink at work? Staying hydrated is absolutely vital in helping your body absorb nutrients and rid itself of waste products. When you get dehydrated, your body becomes drained of energy more quickly, limiting your concentration and memory retention. So keep a bottle of water on your desk at all times, and keep sipping! Tiina, our Naturopath, suggests investing in a good glass water bottle and making this another “limb”! Fill it up, and do not leave home without it! It goes everywhere you go, encouraging you to drink water and stay hydrated every day.



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