How Can A Healthy Lunch Help Workers?

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The Importance Of Eating A Healthy Lunch

Working LunchDieticians are advocating the many physical and psychological benefits of eating a healthy lunch every day. With the pace of business today, it is the all-important lunch that has suffered the most and Brits are paying the consequences in terms of health, job performance and weight.

Dieticians today have a different take on proper eating habits. While many favour periodic healthy meals during the day, just about all favour a protein rich breakfast and a hardy luncheon.

A recent study indicates that 33 percent of workers eat lunch at their desk, presumably to ensure they can leave work on time. In fact, quite the opposite occurs. A luncheon break is one of the most productive breaks a worker can take. It allows the diner to socialise, refresh the mind and nourish the brain with food, oxygen and water that will result in a stronger afternoon performance.
The same study indicates that the person who eats at his or her desk only allows about 20 minutes for the meal. This leads to unbalanced intake and causes hunger by mid-afternoon. The worker then turns to snacks and unhealthy fillers. Basically, this is an undisciplined and uninformed way to digest and enjoy food while adding unhealthy calories that will balloon the waistline.

One in four workers reported that they are too busy to take a sufficient lunch break. The data does not support this. Workers who take a structured luncheon break return to work with a more positive attitude, a fresher perspective and are able to concentrate better for the rest of the day.

Psychological Benefits

Many workers believe the workday begins when they are on the way to work, or before, and ends when they arrive home. Technology has made the transmittal of information take place at lightning speed so these workers stay glued to their desks and computers.

Many psychologists suggest the best idea is to turn off your mobile devices, have a standing luncheon date, and eat the right, healthy food and return to work ready to be productive.

This will reduce stress and ensure that you batter is re-charged and just may give you a fresh perspective on the challenges you are facing. If you eat at your desk and do not get relief from stress, your cortisol levels are higher than the worker who takes a serious break. High cortisol levels lead to increased fat levels ad you are not burning that fat. Workers who eat at their desk also tend to be distracted and overeat until they realise they have overeaten.

The reasons to eat a healthy lunch are that the diner benefits from a natural break in a busy day, enjoy sociability and gain the necessary energy to fuel your mind and body through the afternoon. If you digest a healthy lunch, your appetite will be sated and you will stay away from junk foods, the demon in us all.

What to Eat for Lunch

Dieticians agree that overeating poses a health risk. These experts recommend that for most women a luncheon of between 400 and 600 calories provides enough fuel to motor the body through the afternoon. Men should eat between 600 and 800 calories. For everybody, more than 800 calories is not recommended.

Dieticians further recommend that dinner should be the lightest meal of the day. The reason is that after a big dinner we simply do not have the time or desire to burn the calories, which add to existing fat deposits. A healthy lunch will ensure that your blood sugar level is glucose stable

The best and healthiest luncheon choices are:

Wholegrain sandwiches and pasta – Many experts suggest that white bread has too many carbohydrates. Potatoes and pasta can make you drowsy. Wholegrain bread offers excellent balance for a hardy lunch.

Chicken, egg, cheese and tuna sandwiches are low in carbs, protein and fat. On the other hand, roast beef sandwiches have excellent protein and iron levels while still low in fat.

Salads – For weight watchers, salads without dressing or mayonnaise are a good choice. Salads with red pepper and tomatoes get especially high marks because they contain plant substance like lycopene, which can greatly reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Mackerel, salmon and sardines – Lunches that contain these ingredients are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is an excellent defence against clotting and works to keep blood healthy. Fish dishes generally help to lower cholesterol. Oily fish are high in protein and have anti-inflammatory qualities.

Soup – Soups are nutritious and hardy. Many dieticians suggest eating five vegetables a day and minestrones and vegetable soups are a great way to accomplish that goal. Lentil, fish and chicken flavoured soups are filled with protein. To add more protein and low carbs, enjoy your soup along with wholegrain bread.

Another quick tip – you can also benefit by substituting lemon for butter which is fattening.

There are many benefits to a healthy lunch!

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