Most of us know how important eating well is for our bodies. But did you know how important it is for your mind?
A healthy diet will not only help you control your weight and optimise your health, it can also improve your concentration, alertness, problem-solving skills, and productivity.
If we work full time, what we eat generally provides at least 60% of our total daily intake in an average working day, so nutrition in the workplace has a significant impact on our health.
What are the workplace benefits of making dietary changes?
By making small adjustments to daily eating habits, people can see marked changes, physical as well as mental, in a short space of time.
Achieving results doesn’t need to involve a complete overhaul.
For example, by simply having a more balanced breakfast and including some protein, it could improve alertness during the morning, keep sugar cravings at bay and in turn, help with weight management; and positive attitudes.
By increasing your water intake, you could improve your levels of alertness, improve your hydration levels and in turn improve heart, kidney, brain and skin health. Dehydration has been shown to have an impact on brain structures, similar to mild cognitive impairment.
These sorts of simple changes involve no sacrifice, no unrealistic call on willpower, and potentially more meal enjoyment and appreciation of the positive effects it is having.
We have to eat on a daily basis, so focussing on fine-tuning a habit that takes place several times a day could make a real difference to wellbeing- mental and physical!
The changes do not have to be huge, small daily changes can lead to positive results.
Focussing on optimising health through eating habits will help to provide more energy to exercise and a more balanced brain chemistry and positive outlook.
Wellbeing does not begin and end with nutrition. But, it makes a lot of sense to focus on healthy eating as much as you would on exercise and mental health.
If it is done well – it is very likely that it will create tangible results and can be built on with further habits that require motivation and effort.
All round health improvements
What we eat and drink has a direct impact on our sleep; our mental wellbeing, our energy and productivity; and our ability to cope with stress.
Not only can optimising health through nutrition improve workplace performance, but it can drive motivation to exercise, and boost healthy habits at home and in the community.
By influencing one person’s diet, we often find that what they appreciate most, is how it’s benefited their family and loved ones because they’ve brought their new habits home.