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Healthy diet: Why?

Maybe you’re familiar with the dilemma: You’re so busy at work that you don’t find time to eat. Either you ignore your grumbling stomach or grab something to eat while continuing to work.

The risk is that you eat too quickly, too much, or too much of the wrong thing. The result is you drag yourself through the rest of the day without much energy, and, in the evening, have a heavy dinner. Everyone knows that, along with regular exercise, a healthy and balanced diet is the basis of a healthy life. Both support important body functions, influence the immune system and help reduce the risk of illnesses including cardiovascular problems, diabetes and cancer.

Nutrition also has a direct effect on our daily physical and mental performance: Only when we eat a balanced diet at regular intervals can we get the energy and nutrients we need for our work. So? A healthy diet contributes to top performance. We are more concentrated, motivated and efficient – as well as more resistant to the everyday stresses and strains. 

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Healthy diet: How?

Eating a healthy diet at the workplace is not as difficult as it first sounds – even under stress. The short formula is this: varied, balanced and fresh.

Select foods rich in vitamins, nutrients and fiber, including wholegrain products as well as lots of vegetables and fruit in moderation. If your company doesn’t have a canteen, you can take a home cooked meal prepared the evening before. It’s important to take a proper break and enjoy your meal. Don’t eat at your desk while continuing to work. Join your colleagues in the canteen or have a break in the common room. Leave your cell phone behind, so you don’t take your work with you or are otherwise distracted.  Eat slowly and consciously – feeling full usually sets in after 20 minutes. Enjoy healthy snacks during work hours including yogurt and nuts to maintain your blood sugar level and replenish energy reserves. By doing so, you can avoid afternoon performance lows and fatigue attacks.

Drinking at least 2 liters a day is also part of a proper diet. Water should be your first choice here. Additionally you can also drink unsweetened tea and diluted juice spritzers if you prefer. Remember to drink regularly, e.g. by always having a glass at your workplace or labeling your water bottle with times you want to reach specific levels.

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