Healthy eating can be a polarising topic but hang in there, we’ve got some good stuff in here, promise.
What if we told you that eating well wasn’t only a way to stay trim and live longer but that it could also bag you a pay rise? Real talk, let us enlighten you…
Recent research has shown that your concentration and performance at work is hugely impacted by what you’re shoving in your mush (so maybe rethink the daily Maccy’s brekky run). A pitiful 15% of us get our recommended five portions of fruit and veg each day and after all, we eat at least a third of our daily calories at work, so it deserves some thoughtful planning.
When you think about it from your employers’ point of view, keeping staff healthy and reducing stress can only benefit them. If you’re nourished you will be focussed, need less time off due to illness and most likely be happier too. It was estimated by Public Health England that the unhealthy workforce cost the UK taxpayer a colossal £60 billion a year. That could quite easily be reduced, so take our advice and implement what you can in your working environment.
Literature shows that the more portions of fruit and vegetables we eat per day, the more engaged, happy and creative we will be at work. In a study by the British Journal of Health Psychology, adults who ate more healthily over a 13-day period had greater wellbeing and also demonstrated more feelings of purpose and meaning at work. This also meant they were more productive, proactive and supportive of those around them, exactly what you need from your colleagues really.
So, if you’re considering trialling this #FitFam malarky, try not to think about how you’ll maintain that lifestyle for months at a time, but concentrate on cracking the magic 13 days to begin with.
If you are a business owner, in management or maybe you just want to suggest some improvements at your place of work there are a few key things employers can do to promote a healthy team.
First though, a great example from tech-giant Google; their staff were eating too many sweets, so they transferred the sweets into opaque containers and put the healthy options in baskets making them visible across the office. Sweets consumption dropped drastically. Employers have a responsibility to their team!