Are you too busy to take a work lunch break? Trust a dietitian!

It’s common for people to brag about being too busy for lunch. Research by BUPA has shown that only 1 in 3 workers take a lunch break.

We’re sure you’re already aware that lunch is one of the most important meals of the day. It provides you with enough energy to sustain you through the long-stretched afternoon and aids concentration. Eating in front of a screen isn’t much better.

Even if you escape the desk for 10 minutes, it’s really important to get up, stretch your legs and eat away from a screen. Not only do you benefit (think of all those nasty keyboard bacteria and the office stench), but your employees will benefit from a refreshed and recharged version of YOU! There’s a evidence to back this too: http://www.samsltd.co.uk/encouraging-employees-to-take-the…/

If you’re bored of soggy sandwiches then check out the BBC lunchbox ideas:http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/lunchbox

Our top tips:

• Chose the right foods (think brain foods, protein and complex carbs- oily fish, nuts & seeds, cheese cubes, chicken drumsticks. dried fruits, veggie sticks, humous, guacamole, oatcakes, wholemeal pitta etc).
• Lead by example- in the BUPA study, workers were less likely to take a lunch break if their boss didn’t.
• Practice mindfulness: focus on nothing but eating. Avoid the temptations to check your Instagram feed!
• Consider working out during your lunch break- many offices have showers which make this a viable option. Even a brisk walk or a lunchtime yoga class is great!
• Pack your lunches the night before to resist nipping to Pret- Why not take leftovers in Tupperware and heat up at work?!
• Avoid desk temptations- if it’s out of sight it’s out of mind. Fill your desk drawers and handbags with trail mix, rice cakes, dried and fresh fruit and herbal teas (perhaps even a few squares of dark chocolate).

So this week we ask YOU to lead by example at work and promote#trustadietitian for Dietitian’s Week 2016

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