Avoid the “snack” lunch
Your midday meal should never come out of a vending machine. When you’re busy and hit with the hunger bug, a bag of crisps, a fizzy drink and a bar of chocolate might seem like the only option. But actually, the time you think you save will be offset by the lack of productivity and energy slump that will hit you a few hours later.
Avoid fast food
As mentioned above, a “quick food fix” is not always the answer. You may think even the “healthy” option at McDonald’s or KFC will be a decent meal, but often these are filled with salt and sugar.
Bring your own
While it may feel like a lot of effort to get up and make your lunch before work, it is likely you will be able to make a filling, nutritious lunch in the same time it takes you to queue at the local cafe. Plan in advance and get creative! It doesn’t have to add hours onto your day, simply cook an extra batch at dinner or prepare a week’s worth of meals on Sunday.
Don’t eat at your desk
The chances of you choosing the unhealthy option will increase if you don’t get away from your workspace. Move away from your desk and take a relaxing walk to an outside bench. Enjoying your prepared-at-home meal in a relaxed space will also give you a much-needed break.
When you are more mindful of what you are eating, without distraction, you are more conscious of when you feel full. Eating in a relaxed environment, away from the stress of work can also lower your risk of indigestion.
Think outside the lunchbox
There is more to lunch than the soggy sandwiches we remember from school. Variety is the key to success! Lunch can be whatever you want it to be – it can be porridge with chia seeds and berries, it can be a chicken salad or it can be a warming soup with a homemade granola bar. Getting creative with your lunch means you will eat healthier and have a more rewarding, enjoyable experience.