What you eat affects how you feel, and that includes when you are at work, too. For example, if you’re eating healthier, you’re probably more alert and more creative, more willing to collaborate with team members and help contribute to projects.
But the reverse is also true: If you’re eating poorly it’s going to affect both performance and engagement. And unfortunately, poor eating is often the result of the food that’s available or that’s included as part of your work day.
Avoid That Mid-Day Slump
Take the vending machine: If you’re suffering from a mid-day slump you know you need something to get through the day and your deadlines. Being hungry at work makes it harder to focus and makes it easier to be irritated. But if you turn to a candy bar—a quick solution when you’re pressed for time—you’re not taking your hunger and using it productively. You’re giving in to the idea that quick calories are better, and they’re not.
There are lots of different options, too, to avoid that slump. If you’re not regularly taking a real lunch break but instead indulging in a sad desk lunch, it’s going to show on your performance. You can even take a quick break—a walk around the block for example—or just small actions such as ordering a lunch in once in a while to help break up the monotony.
Plan Ahead for Success
Keep in mind that eating healthier at the office involves some planning. You do have to think ahead: What’s better for you and how can you take it to work and keep it there so you can turn to it in a pinch? Can you make lunch in advance at home, at least for a few days a week, and bring it with you? And what are your hunger cues? Are you just tired, or are you really hungry?
Fuel Yourself with a Healthy Balance
When your lunch is a filling, but not overwhelming, combination of lean protein, healthy fat, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, you are more likely to have steady energy throughout the day. And that’s what you need to perform consistently at a high level.
A picture is worth a thousand words! The infographic below — created by ZeroCater — offers some helpful hacks and inspiration to keep you eating well at work.
Infographic source: https://zerocater.com