Research shows an astonishing 65 percent of working Americans tend to eat lunch at their desks, in front of screens. Or worse, many sometimes skip the meal altogether.
It’s time to stop wasting that precious time and make it work for you instead. Not only are lunchtime habits healthier, breaks are also linked with boosts in overall productivity. How’s that for a little motivation?
1. Actually take a lunch break!
Busy work schedules and demanding jobs leave us torn between taking a break and not taking a break. It’s the law that you take a break during the day. You’ll get an energy boost if you get up out of that office and stretch, grab a quick bite to eat, and it will help you refocus! For those of us who don’t get a chance to sit down, take it! Leave the floor of your busy unit, sit in a quiet environment and regroup. Not only will you feel better but your productivity will increase.
2. Prepare your lunches beforehand.
It’s easy to order office pizza with the other gals. But what is that doing for your diet 5 days a week? Then, on top of eating high carb, high calorie lunches– all that sugar will give you a little spike in energy for about 10 minutes and can leave you feeling sluggish and sleepy!
Pick a day over the weekend and make up your lunches for the week. If you’re a salad person, put together a salad inside of a canning jar to keep it fresh! Make one for each day of the week! (minus the dressing) Salads will stay fresh and crispy like you made it that morning!
3. Before eating your lunch, why not get a quick walk or workout in?
Some people only have a half hour for lunch. Others have an hour. Get up, stretch, throw on some sneakers and head out for some fresh air! A brisk walk will keep your metabolism up and give you that energy to get through the rest of your day. The fresh air will help clear your head and you will focus more when you get back to work with more energy!
4. Eat organic or local grown food
I love to eat fresh fish and homegrown vegetables for lunch. I feel this combo of lean protein and nutritious veggies gives me energy and stamina for the rest of the day without weighing me down or making me sleepy.
5. Turn last night’s leftovers into your lunch
I’m a huge fan of enjoying leftovers. With an active toddler running around and running my business, there isn’t much time to prepare my own lunch. I make a point to make extra food when I cook dinner the night before. Then I simply portion leftovers into glass containers that we can enjoy the next day.
6. Don’t forget about the water!!
I know i lose track of how much i drink during the day. Head on over to the water bottle section of the site and order yourself a cute little bottle to help you keep track! Aim for 90 ounces of water a day if you’re a woman and 120 ounces for a man. If you’re working out always remember to stay hydrated!
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Toni Sweeney is a Triple Certified Ketogenic Diet and Primal Health Coach and weight loss expert who personally lost 80 pounds while making a total lifestyle change. The founder of TS Transformations, her formulas and plans has helped thousands of women lose weight and keep it off forever.