Eating Healthy At The Workplace

Work- it’s where most of us spend…. have a huge effect on our health.

Work- It’s where most of us spend the majority of our waking hours everyday. We need to realise that our healthy habits, not only at home but at work also, have a huge effect on our health.

Eating well at work can give you the energy you need to stay alert and productive. It can also help boost your overall health.

Everyday activities such as coffee breaks, meetings and workplace celebrations, can get in the way of healthy eating. I know a successful entrepreneur& CEO of a risk management company who once said –

“My wife often packs me some extra lunch to share with the rest of the members of my team. She too believes in the sharing of each other’s food at lunchtime as an exercise in endearment. Luckily for me, she uses canola oil for all her cooking, which was also used to prepare that delectable serving of chhole today, much to everyone’s relish. But not everyone is so careful about their food. In fact, very few are!” This message of health awareness at workplaces can promote healthy eating among the employees.

Our lunchtimes today, present such a delightful array of choices when it comes to food, once the privilege of kings. The reality is in fact that we are consuming food in excess of our needs. We innocuously gravitate to that sweet dish in the cafeteria, as would a six year old child towards a scoop of ice cream. Our food choices are almost juvenile these days, with sugar, spice and everything nice

So what should a successful entrepreneur or that aspiring hotshot corporate biggie eat at lunchtime? What essential nutrients should we incorporate into our daily diet to keep away from the vicious cycle of obesity, physical inactivity and related diseases?

A healthy diet would be:

Low in saturated fat: Consume less butter, cheese, full fat milk, ice cream, organ meat and oils such as coconut, palm and palm kernel oil. Instead use Canola, olive and bran oil, low fat milk and lean poultry

Free from trans-fats: Avoid bakery products, re-fried products, processed foods and margarine.

Low in Sodium (Salt): Avoid preserved and processed foods like pickles, papad, sauces, ready to eat food and deep fried snacks like samosa, patties and pakodas as they high on salt 7 fat. Take the salt shaker off the dinner table.

High in fibers: Whole grains, whole pulses, vegetables and fruits are good sources of dietary fibre.

Low in refined Carbohydrates: Sweets, chocolates, sugar, potatoes, polished rice, refined flour (maida) etc.

High in Omega-3 fat: Almonds, walnuts, flax seeds and fish are great sources of antioxidants and Omega-3

Some other essential methods to a healthy diet would be to:

Avoid alcohol: It is best to avoid alcohol altogether. A good first step is to never drink alone and avoiding binge drinking. It can put one at a high risk of liver cirrhosis, cardiovascular disease and depression among other things.

Drink plenty of water: The 3pm slump is a real thing. Most of us have succumbed to dehydration by this time and feel weak and distressed, lowering productivity and leaving us on tenterhooks. Keep a one litre bottle at your table and try to finish it before you leave for the day.

At Medanta, we encourage our employees to undertake a comprehensive health check-up once a year to help them take proactive steps towards a healthy lifestyle. The human body is incredibly resilient as it has withstood the test of time in surviving in conditions as frigid as the arctic to as hot as the Sahara desert. At the same time, in shifting from the computer screen to the phone to the TV at home, day after day, we are punishing the body in ways that it can scarcely adapt. Eating healthy can help that dream of the good life take wing, if only we could live long enough!

You are what you eat and today the greatest crisis is we have very little control over the food we eat. So eat right to stay fit!

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