SBC19 – Health and wellbeing in the workplace

Rachel Linstead will be attending Nicholsons Small Business Conference and will be talking about Health and Wellbeing in the workplace and what impact this can have on a business focusing on the food eaten by employees during the working day and how their choices can impact their mood, productivity & team working!!

What you eat on a daily basis may have an impact on how you show up to the world. The food you eat (fuel) may affect all aspects of your life, how you feel both mentally and physically, how productive you are, how well you sleep. However, it’s not just about what you eat; it’s also about how & when you eat it!

You might not see yourself as an athlete but in fact you are, you are an athlete in the business world so why not fuel your body in a way that may help you perform at your best each day.

Being an athlete in the business world doesn’t mean you have to give up all your favourite foods, its more about understanding what food works for you and which don’t.

Here are Firecracker we work on some loose principles to work too which is all about celebrating all the amazing food you can eat that ultimately gives you live and energy.

Beige food = beige mood

  • Include protein with every meal.  Protein helps you stay fuller for longer and slows down the release of sugar into the blood so you are less likely to get a sugar high and low – protein includes: meat, fish, dairy products such as cheese and yogurt, eggs, beans & pulses, nuts & seeds.
  • Eat a rainbow of fruit and vegetables every day – 7 portions (a portion is 80g) ideally five vegetable and 2 fruit. Fruit and vegetables not only contain vitamins and minerals essential for health but also contain fibre and antioxidant which support the body in working well. 50% of each meal should be fruit and vegetables (this doesn’t include potatoes).
  • Try to eat food away from your desk/workspace and make time to have a lunch break in a non-stressed environment.  When our bodies are stressed, digestion stops so taking time out to eat may help your body to digest the food better and therefore give you better energy when you return to your desk. Research has shown that when we focus on the food we eat, we get more enjoyment out of it and often eat less as we feel more satisfied from it.
  • Resist eating foods that will stimulate you in the short term such as caffeinated drinks or high sugar foods as these may give you a boost of energy initially but at some point you may get a “come down” from them which may hinder performance, concentration and mood.
  • If you know you get “hangry” then ensure you have healthy snacks around you to keep you going to your next main meal. – A handful or nuts or some homous with veg sticks is ideal.Making small changes over time may have a big impact long term on your overall health and wellbeing.

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