This is such an important topic as work is where we spend the majority of our lives. Work environments can be busy and stressful and often not present the opportunity to eat correctly and regularly. However, our productivity and energy levels are extremely reliant on what foods we choose to fuel our bodies with. Our blood sugar levels need to remain constant to ensure that we perform optimally. If we don’t take note of our body signals we can establish very unhealthy eating habits. These unhealthy eating behaviours are unfortunately contributing to South Africa’s growing obesity problems.
It is therefore important that we practice healthy eating habits and routines so that we don’t pick up unnecessary weight and take responsibility for our health. Planning is key to achieving this and as such it is important that you try setting some time aside on a Sunday to plan your lunches for the week. This will allow you to avoid unnecessary purchasing of foods that are generally higher in saturated fat (unhealthy fat) and sugar.
Try to plan a balanced lunchbox to take with you to work. This should include a variety of nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, fats and vitamins and minerals. Include food that is as close to its natural state as possible without any added sugar, salt and fat. Plan healthy snacks too such as fruit or yoghurt and always make sure that you keep a bottle of water on your desk so that you stay hydrated.