Hectic needn't mean unhealthy

If your work day expands from a 7 a.m. conference call from the train to an evening meeting with clients out on the town, how and where we eat impacts not only on which foods we choose, but also on our stress levels, which in turn can lead to further poor food choices.

  1. It’s time to claim back the lunch-hour. While you might think you can’t spare the time, try to take a break from your desk to eat with colleagues or go for a short walk.

  2. If you really can’t get away, at least try to move a little – even if it’s only to the water cooler and back.

  3. Listen to your body. Don’t give it more than it needs or deprive it of fuel when it’s time to eat. Irregular and unhealthy eating contributes to feelings of stress and anxiety.

  4. Beware of the urge to compensate for tiredness, stress or frustration with chocolate, crisps or cookies. Stress produces hormones that can increase our cravings for sugary and salty snacks. Recognising and acknowledging why your body is craving unhealthy foods will help you resist temptation and find other ways to respond to stress.

  5. If you’re tired, take a break. If you’re frustrated, power up and down the stairs for 10 minutes. You’ll save money, calories and improve your fitness at the same time.