Eating and Drinking at Work

Eating and Drinking at Work

The best things to eat and drink during the working day to keep you focused

We all have our favourite things to eat and drink during the working day, and many of us don’t just buy lunch every day, but also make sure we have food stashed in our desks to eat when we are feeling hungry.

Here are some tips on eating and drinking during the working day if you want to boost your concentration, performance and productivity.

Firstly, make sure that you don’t miss meals. If you’re too rushed in the morning to sit down for breakfast, then eat a cereal bar or other healthy snack before you start work. Similarly, lunch is not ‘for wimps’, as stated in the famous line from the Wall Street film, and missing lunch is likely to make you tired and irritable when trying to work during the afternoon.

If you can eat some protein early in the day, then your blood sugar and your energy levels should be boosted. If you haven’t got time to have poached eggs for your breakfast every day – and let’s face it that’s most of us – then consider buying a high-protein breakfast cereal, or eating yoghurt at breakfast.

Also, try eating more regularly whilst at work than you might do at home, but at the same time having smaller portions. A healthy snack mid-morning can be very useful, provided you also eat a smaller lunch to compensate. Otherwise you might be feeling famished if you had breakfast at 7am before leaving for work and your lunch isn’t until 1pm or later. Whole grain snacks, berries and nuts are excellent things to eat between meals.

When lunchtime arrives, consider foods that are high in protein or carbohydrates, and avoiding those with a high fat or sugar content. Adrenal fatigue can be increased by eating sugary foods. Consider cutting down on the number of cakes and sweets you eat, and maybe eat fruit for your lunch dessert instead, at least some of the time. Here at KennedyPearce, we provide fresh fruit to our employees every day, free of charge.

You may need a strong coffee to get you going at the start of each work day, but try not to drink caffeinated beverages all day. If you currently drink multiple cups of coffee each day, then try gradually reducing your consumption of these, whilst at the same time increasing the number of glasses of water you drink.

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