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Four lunch hacks to make you healthier and happier at work

 

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:

  1. 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).

  1. Lunching at our desk leads to increased caloric intake, and a lack of satisfaction with our food
  2. Eating lunch encourages us to be social, and engage with our co-workers and partners.
  3. 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

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