Workplace Nutrition

With the many life stresses competing for our mental energy, eating with intention can become a difficult task.

Sometimes it feels like the best we can do to survive the day is to consume anything, serving the purpose of filling our bellies.

Our overall health and well-being can be significantly improved by simply eating well in the workplace.  This doesn’t require following a strict diet.  Sometimes making a couple of tweaks and health positive swaps to your current diet could be enough to tip the scales to a healthy way of living rather than an unhealthy way of living.  As Heather Morgan once said “we are either eating towards disease or towards good health.”

If we take this quote and apply it to scales, and you’re on the healthier side of the scales this can have an impact on the following:

  • Improved cognitive function
  • Improved energy levels
  • Improved mood
  • Improved stress resilience
  • Decreased anxiety responses
  • Improved sleep

The World Health Organisation (WHO) found that optimal nourishment can raise productivity levels by 20%.  Healthy employees are calmer, happier, more engaged, sleep better and take less sick days.

Nutritious foods contain vitamins and minerals essential for brain function and the immune system, whereas sugary snacks only contribute to creating energy lows and has been linked to higher inflammatory markers in the brain contributing to brain fog. 

Providing healthy food options in the workplace is an effective way of ensuring employees make smarter eating decisions, benefiting both the individual and the company.

Here are a couple of nutrients and their food sources that if included in your lunch boxes will be sure to give your productivity levels a boost!

Nutrients for brain function:

  • Omega 3 – salmon, anchovies, walnuts, chia seeds
  • Tryptophan – salmon, poultry, spinach, spirulina
  • B vitamins – wholegrains, legumes, seeds, ethically sourced/local meat
  • L-theanine – green tea, supplement
  • Hydration

Nutrients for stress resilience:

  • Magnesium – pumpkin seeds, spinach, swiss chard, dark chocolate
  • Vitamin C – blackberries, blueberries, oranges, broccoli
  • B vitamins – wholegrains, legumes, seeds, ethically sourced/local meat
  • L-theanine – green tea, supplement

Herbs that may help with boosting productivity:

  • Gingko Bioboa
  • Rosemary
  • Sage

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