What we put in our bodies has a huge effect on how we function in our day-to-day lives, work life included. While some eat well to stay fit or at their target weight, it's not the only benefit a healthy diet can produce. Eating well at work provides more energy, enabling employees to be more productive during the hours spent in meetings or at their desks. So what types of food should you be eating at work to keep your brain sharp and your energy up? Here's what we recommend.
Put that donut down! Sugary foods with high fat content may look delicious, but it won't do much to elevate your performance on the job. Rather, these types of foods tend to tire you out, causing sleepiness and boredom that inhibits your ability to do work in a timely and focused manner. To combat this, make smart breakfast choices such as a banana or cup of yogurt with granola and berries. And, yes, that cup of coffee is okay too!
Did you know that 30% of your risk for developing cancer stems from a poor diet? This is compared to 31% risk attributed to smoking and 15% attributed to hereditary causes. In fact, there are over 70 diseases associated with abnormal angiogenesis, the process by which new blood cells develop. Colorful plants including certain fruits and vegetables balance out the angiogenesis process, leading to a lower risk of cancers and other diseases. So what can you eat for lunch at work to reduce your risks? Fostering intentional eating patterns now will prevent disease later, so be sure to incorporate lots of colorful fruits and veggies into your lunch via salads, sides and snacks.
Speaking of snacks, you can stay fueled throughout your shift by snacking on the right foods. Things like almonds, low fat popcorn, fruits, dry cereal, pretzels, string cheese and veggies with hummus are all excellent sources of protein and healthy fats. These foods will provide a boost of energy to keep you going without slogging you down with sugars and unwanted fats.
Drink as much water as you can! A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day, meaning a person who weighs 150 pounds should drink at least 75 ounces of water per day. Drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated and energized, allowing for better productivity throughout each day.
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