The average adult spends the majority of their wakeful hours at their desk. In fact, as cited by Zuboff and Maxmin in their book, The Support Economy¸ it seems that the percentage of the population working above 49 hours a week has grown nearly 40% in the past 4 decades. That’s about a 10% increase per decade! It comes as no surprise, then, that the most optimal place for re-strategizing our nutritional notions should be focused at the place where we spend most of our time –our offices.
We invest so much thought into preparing a well-planned lunchbox for our children (Actually, parents cite this as one of their top child-rearing worries)! Why shouldn’t we invest the same care and precaution in our own lunching habits?
This is a call to action for your wellbeing – empower yourself by packing your own lunch, and start reveling in the time you spend eating it among fellow co-workers!
Here’s a list of reasons why well-planned lunch breaks are essential to your wellbeing:
- Lunch is a time for us to re-fuel, and replenish our bodies with nutrients needed to help us sustain focus and clarity.
FACT: skipping lunch (or any meal) causes a reduction in your blood sugar, which has a direct negative impact on your attention span, and the speed at which you process information (McAulay et al., 2001).
- Lunching at our desk leads to increased caloric intake, and a lack of satisfaction with our food
- Eating lunch encourages us to be social, and engage with our co-workers and partners.
- Consciously taking time to enjoy lunch increases our happiness, and gives us time to appreciate our food.
Take it from Chris Cunningham, professor of Industrial-Organizational and Occupational Health Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, enjoying your food at lunchtime is an opportunity to “Give yourself a chance to be fascinated with the world around you.”
Stay fascinated. Eat lunch.
Written by: Jodi Ben-Meir