How we eat has a huge impact on our health. When we’re busy, it’s easy for us to not think about what we’re eating each day, especially when we’re working. Sometimes we don’t even take the time to stop for lunch, eat in front of our desks and consume so quickly we hardly even chew and taste the food we put in our mouths. So, what are some things we can do to not only enjoy our food more, but also increase our energy levels?
1. Eat Mindfully
Food our fuel and it can give us energy or alternatively take it away. If we’re eating when we’re stressed, our bodies aren’t able to digest our food properly, and we’ll end up feeling sluggish and unmotivated after lunch (because stomach acid does down with stress). Even if it’s just 10-15 mins, take the time to stop, put down the phone, notice what you’re eating, taste your food and give the body a chance to properly assimilate it into your body. Then you’ll be firing on all cylinders after your meal!
2. Eat the right foods
If your work entails sitting all day, you won’t be burning many calories, stick to fairly light, nutrient dense foods such as salads and soups. Taking a rainbow of veggies (varied colours for their phytonutrient diversity) and a palm sized portion of protein is an ideal lunch, and low GI fruits are ideal as snacks.
3. Go for a brisk walk
When food is eaten, insulin and blood sugar levels are elevated as a result. If we eat and sit, this increases our risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But there’s a quick fix! You can combat this by simply going for a quick walk after your meal, as it allows our bodies to burn up more glucose, avoiding it being stored as fat, and helping to avoid those blood sugar spikes.
Article by Movidesks
Learn more about improving your health while you work in our eBook, ‘The Sitting Epidemic’, by the founder of MOVI, Daniel Angelini. Check out the MOVI standing desk that lets you move and stay active while you work!