Finding health and happiness at work

If you spend your lunchtime hunched over your keyboard, munching on sandwiches and salty or sugary snacks, your eating habits are SAD (stuck at desk), and definitely in need of an overhaul.

Scanning the Internet with a chocolate bar in one hand and a fizzy drink in the other is not only bad for your waistline but it can also affect concentration levels and reduce productivity. The real danger is the knock-on effects of poor eating habits. If we skip breakfast or grab a croissant on the run, by mid-morning, our bodies will be craving fuel and if there’s nothing to hand but a strong coffee or a vending machine snack, we’ll be caught up in a cycle of unhealthy eating before the day has barely begun.

The danger continues through the day. If time or taste result in us skipping nutrients again at lunch, energy levels will flag, meaning those afternoon pick-me-up cookies and cakes are even more difficult to resist. And the more sugar and refined carbohydrates such as white breads and muffins we consume, the more our blood sugar will spike and then crash, prompting further sweet cravings in the evening. It’s a vicious cycle.

Learn what you and your employer can do to stop the cycle for good, and find the ever elusive work-wellness balance.