Lunch Break: cut it down, don’t cut it out

Time is money, so you work through your coffee break and lunch break… but are you really gaining? Scientific research tells us that we need nutrition to increase the oxygen in our body and brain in order to function at our best.

Many of us eat the wrong kinds of food, especially if we have to eat out – chefs love using butter and salt for flavour! Stock up with these foods for maximum brain power:

Easy sweet or savoury snacks

  • Raw chocolate or dark chocolate is lower in fat and contains a little caffeine (a natural stimulant) and antioxidants which help clear toxins. Rather than chomping and swallowing the chocolate, eat it slowly and you’ll eat less.
  • A handful of plain nuts, especially almonds, can take the edge of hunger whilst delivering vitamin E and more antioxidants. Seeds are good too!
  • Berries, such as blueberries, are known as superfoods. They are rich in antioxidants, which are believed to slow down the brain’s deterioration and increase the ability to learn.
  • Raw carrot sticks contain vitamins and natural glucose. Apples and other fruit contain natural sugars for a mild energy boost.

Stop for Lunch

Leave the desk – and your smartphone – and take a short walk. Even if you can’t get out into the open air, just move your legs, stretch your body and relax for a few minutes. Make sure that you take a lunch break of at least 15 minutes.

Ideally, you will be five minutes’ walk from a park bench in most towns and cities where you can sit and eat your egg-and-rocket wholegrain sandwich, at peace with the world, leaving any business issues to talk amongst themselves in a distant part of your brain. According to research at the University of Illinois, returning to your desk after a 20 minute walk refreshes the brain. You will have renewed energy and your brain is sufficiently recharged for high performance.

If you can’t get to a park or find a quiet place to close your eyes and relax, try walking briskly along a non-busy street listening to your favourite music through headphones, but remember to switch off your smartphone!

When you’ve re-charged, contact us to move your company ahead:
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