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Free health and nutrtition tips

Regular Mealtimes - Setting the alarm on your mobile phone to remind you to eat

One in five workers, and one third of women say they never eat lunch - and 40% of people who do go to lunch take less than 15 minutes for their break.  So by not going to lunch, the company you’re working for is getting around 230 extra hours of free work from you each year - that’s over 28 days!

Eating regularly reduces your total and LDL (bad) cholesterol and lowers resistance to insulin – reducing your overall risk of developing heart disease.

Regular meal eaters usually have a lower calorie intake than those who eat erratically. Eating regular meals and snacks helps you to keep your blood sugar levels stable - this helps prevent strong feelings of hunger, which could result in you over-eating at the next mealtime. Rate your hunger by checking your hunger/stress levels on the magnet you received in your LEAN Pack.

People who skip meals in the day, and then eat lots in the evening, tend to be more overweight than those who eat regularly throughout the day.

 

Myths and Misconceptions

  • “If I stop what I’m doing to get a sandwich, I lose my concentration”. Lunch is for those people who want to be productive and benefit from taking 20 minutes out to relax and refuel – the rise in blood sugar following the meal aids concentration and brainpower. It will also help you to avoid that afternoon dip in energy.

 

  • “Eating lunch makes me sleepy in the afternoons”. Your body’s daily natural rhythm (circadian) dips in the early to mid afternoon, and so you often experience a drop in energy levels at this time. Eating a large lunch, or drinking alcohol with lunch, tends to make this dip feel worse. Many people counteract this with a cup of coffee after lunch (this is fine as long as you try not to exceed 3 cups a day). Make sure you are getting plenty of rest at night so that you are not sleepy because of tiredness. Eating a starch-based low fat lunch to top up energy levels for the afternoon ahead will help avoid this dip.

 

Tips and Tricks

  • You schedule time for everything else, so make lunch equally important and schedule time for this as well.

 

  • Set your alarm for the most convenient time of day when you know you won’t be disturbed and you will be able to ‘get away’ for a break.

 

  • If your alarm goes off and it’s not convenient, reset the alarm for 30 minutes later, and this time take the break that you need to refuel your body and mind!

 

  • You may feel inconvenienced by the alarm but remember it is important to keep your energy levels up if you are to continue being productive for the rest of the day.

 

If you need to work or are travelling over lunchtime take a sandwich from home to ensure you have something to eat when you get hungry.

 

 

We all like to be healthy and to be sure that we're doing the best we can for ourselves, and our families, health.