Studies show that most people have poor eating habits at work, which has a negative impact on health, productivity and company performance. Poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of illness, leading to absenteeism and decreased productivity. People are most likely to eat poorly while at work, when time constraints and lack of options can limit a person's choices. To help maintain better nutrition habits at work follow these easy tips:
- Instead of caffeinated or sugary beverages, drink a glass of water on your break.
- Keep a water bottle or glass visible on your desk to remind you to drink water throughout the day.
- Working long periods without meals can increase impulse eating; be sure to keep a stock of healthy snacks in your desk to avoid binging on junk foods from the vending machine.
- Better yet, stock the vending machine with healthier choices, such as juice, cereal bars, yogurt, fruit, nuts, pretzels, etc.
- To help re-fuel during meeting breaks, avoid high-fat foods like donuts and croissants, and offer instead low-fat muffins, bagels, and fruit.
Water & Nutrition
In order to be used by your body, most foods need to be broken down into simpler substances, a chemical reaction that requires water. A number of your body's organs and systems are involved in the process, such as salivary glands, digestive tract, stomach, pancreas, etc., and all require water to function properly. In addition, it is water that carries the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients contained in the food to the cells in your body.
Given the need for water in all of your body's functions, is it any wonder that water is an essential part of a healthy diet? Water has zero calories, is low-carb, has zero grams of fat, it helps to reduce the appetite and assist the body in metabolizing fat.