Are you one of the 7 out of 10 people in Australia who eat at their desks? Sometimes desking and dining just can’t be avoided. So when deadlines conflict with a nice lunch out, let’s do the best we can to make desk dining as healthy and delicious as possible! There are two key things to keep your health in mind when you desk and dine.

How We Eat

Surprisingly, how we eat is actually just as important as what we eat. When we are stressed, annoyed, angry or frustrated, our fight-or-flight response takes over and our sympathetic nervous system shuts down digestion. Have you ever had a meal sit like a brick in your stomach? That’s pretty much what happens, because you’re literally not able to digest unless your parasympathetic nervous system is activated. In other words, you have to relax. Easier said than done at work, right? Not entirely. All you need to do is take a minute or two before you eat and take five deep breaths. Deep, like into your belly. The body will have no choice but to switch off the stress system, and switch on the relaxation system. Voila!

What We Eat

Okay, now that you’re relaxed, what do you eat? Bringing food from home is often a healthier choice, as you get to control the quality and type of food. Dinner leftovers are a great choice, as is a chicken or tuna salad. You can also keep a stash of high quality foods in your desk or your office fridge, like almond butter, flax crackers, trail mix, fresh fruit, high-quality food bars, hard boiled eggs, organic free-range turkey slices, sprouted bread, pre-cut veggies and hummus. All of these options will help stop sugar cravings and give you normal blood sugar

If you’d like some fresh ideas for healthy food to eat at work or you’d like to have your nutritional queries clarified then book in for a Nutritional Strategy session to find out how I can help. Call reception on: 1300 16 75 72

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