How to Improve Your Diet at Work
Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by The Workplace Advisor — No comments
The food we eat can have a massive effect on how we feel at work—whether you work in desk-based roles such as office support jobs or are on your feet all day in receptionist roles. If we don’t consume a healthy, balanced diet, we can have trouble with concentration, productivity, efficiency, and general well-being. At our leading London recruitment agency, we know it can be difficult to eat healthily in the workplace, but it is possible—so here are our top tips to improve your diet.
Get the balance right
Studies show that around a third of the total calories we consume a day are at work. So if you’re feeling sluggish in the office, you might not be giving your body the energy it needs—by either not eating enough or not eating the right things. A balanced diet includes all of the major food groups in the right amounts. If you don’t know how many calories you’re consuming and from which groups, use an app such as MyFitnessPal or Fitbit to track your food. Knowing what you’re consuming is the starting point of improving your diet.
Make valuable changes
When you know what you’re eating and where you might be missing out, try increasing those food groups by making healthy swaps. So if you’re not getting enough fruit and veg, switch your tea break biscuit for a piece of fruit, and your pre-packed lunch for a soup or hotpot that includes vegetables, lentils, beans, and pulses. Swap your white bread for wholegrain or seeded, and sugary cereals for low-sugar, high-fibre cereals. Avoid sugary products from the vending machine and fill your desk drawers with nuts, granola bars, and raisins instead.
Don’t miss out
When figuring out what you eat, you might have discovered you’re lacking in certain vitamins and nutrients. For example, if you spend a lot of time indoors working in an office support or PA job, you may be missing out on vitamin D. If you’re lacking in any vitamins, speak to your doctor about increasing these through supplements or increased food intake. It’s also important to not miss breakfast. Skipping breakfast is strongly linked to diabetes, obesity, and bad moods in the morning, which can prevent you from making the best possible start to the day in the office.
Plan meals in advance
Although the last thing most people want to do is spend the weekend prepping food for the office, homemade food is often much healthier than shop-bought pre-packed sandwiches or lunches—and you can control what you’re eating. According to studies, only 15% of people eat the recommended 5 a day and preparing your food at the weekend can help you include these vital nutrients. Prepping food in advance can also save you money and time during the week.
Often, we feel sluggish or hungry because we’re actually dehydrated. We should be drinking around six to eight glasses of water a day (1.2 litres, recommended by the NHS). It can be easy to lose track of time in fast-paced EA and PA jobs, but it’s essential to stay hydrated throughout the working day. You can monitor the amount of water you drink through an app.
If you’re looking for your next temporary office support job or permanent PA role, get in touch with the team at Love Success today. At our leading London PA and office support recruitment agency, we’d love to find you a role to really sink your teeth into!
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