Wellness in the Workplace: Food and Water

Food and water, what is this, “Survivor”?

No, but it’s a friendly reminder from your health nut co-worker that watching what you eat and keeping hydrated will certainly help you survive each work day more effectively.

I certainly hope that as you read this, it finds you feeling upbeat and invigorated at whatever point you’re at in your work day. The problem is, many of us hit the proverbial “wall” during the course of our day, whether it be in the mid-morning when our coffee starts to wear off, or in the afternoon, when whatever carb-filled lunch seems to have sapped the life out of us.jump1069_DeaNV_SleepAtwork1Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. It happens to all of us at some point or another, but if you’re curious as to how you can minimize those lethargic feelings during your day, just keep reading. I’m the health nut you work with and I’m here to help!

This week I’m going to give you some tips on how healthy eating and staying hydrated throughout the work day will have you feeling better and working more efficiently.

Obviously a good night’s sleep always helps, but you also have to be mindful of  some things you can do to keep your energy level high and your office productivity humming along so you look more like the person in the first picture below, rather than the second.

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First off, don’t skip breakfast. If you’re one of those people who hops out of bed, showers and simply grabs a cup of coffee as you head out the door, you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage. (Yes, it’s better than not showering, but that’s a different post for a different day.)

I’m not your mom and you’re a grownup, so I’m not going to tell you what to eat for breakfast. Just put something in your body. You more than likely haven’t eaten anything for at least seven hours and your body needs a little bit of fuel, or it’s going to tire out pretty quickly.

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You know the drill at this point in your life. A doughnut and a Coke for breakfast isn’t going to cut it. Our bodies react to what we put in them. Be good to your body and it will work better for you, it’s as simple as that.

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Now I’m the health nut, but I’m not going to tell you that you can’t ever have a doughnut, just don’t make it a breakfast staple. Leave them for the occasional Sunday morning treat. If you overload your body with sugar early in the morning, you’re going to crash a few hours later and trust me when I tell you that no bosses like to see crashed workers!

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Okay, armed (or rather, stomached) with your smart breakfast choice and perhaps a bottle of water at your desk, you’ve made it to lunch.

Ah, lunch. Usually the ceremonial halfway point of the work day. We all know some of those workaholics who blow right by lunch and don’t even notice it until they hear their stomach growling at 2pm. You also probably know those people who start checking the clock at 10am and wondering if it’s okay to head across the street to McDonald’s yet.

Try not to be either of those people.

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Okay, like I said, I’m the health nut and even I’ll agree that lunch works differently for almost everybody. If you work at a place with an in-house cafeteria, it’s easy to go overboard. If you’re a brown bagger, it’s easy to forget about it. Again, it’s important that your body gets the fuel it needs to make it through the day. Not only that, but lunch is a good excuse to get away from your desk for a bit, which helps both the mind and body stay fresh. Many of us are probably guilty of over-eating at lunch, but that’s probably better than skipping it.

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So we’ve made it to the afternoon hours and since we’ve had both a sensible breakfast and lunch, we’re feeling pretty good! I’ll let you in on a secret: I’m the health nut of the office and I always eat right, but even to me that clock seems to start slowing down around 3pm. Why is that? Perhaps we’re all conditioned that the “desk” portion of our days should end around 3pm for the first 18 years of our lives.

Whatever the reason, your health nut here has some answers!

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Here at Innovative we’re lucky enough to have an excellent break room chock full of great snacks like Wonderful Almonds and Pistachios and Pure Life water, either sparkling, or bottled. If you work somewhere that gives you no better options than month-old corn chips or candy bars out of a vending machine, you or someone at your place of work should get in touch with our break room specialists at Innovative.

Why a break room? Well, an afternoon snack is always a good idea. A banana. A Clif or Kind bar. Give yourself that little extra edge that will keep you productive throughout the afternoon.

imagesReader’s Digest recently reported that eating a handful of nuts each day decreases your odds of a heart attack by a whopping 35 percent! Obviously your afternoon snack doesn’t have to be nuts, but take it from me, the health nut, an afternoon apple or a handful of grapes or cherries will give your body just enough of an energy boost to make it to the finish line of your work day.

imagesSo that’s it for this week. We’re not cracking the atom here folks (just some pistachios). I get that I’m the health nut and take this stuff a lot more seriously than most, but go ahead and just tweak your eating habits a little bit and you’ll find yourself having more productive work days.