A healthy diet protects us from diseases like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and stroke. Since statistics show us that we spend over one-third of our lives at work, it’s important to develop healthy nutrition habits for the workday and beyond.
Let's face it, most of us aren’t eating right.
It’s probably safe to say that the majority of working adults don’t make it a priority to make sure we get the minimum five portions of fruit and vegetables throughout the day that’s recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). When we’re battling to stay on top of emails, meetings, and deadlines, food is simply a way to keep our bodies fueled up and moving. With all of the responsibilities and commitments life throws at us, healthy eating isn't always our number one priority.
Every March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month. Since Americans spend more than one-third of their entire lives working (from the office, from home, or somewhere in-between) eating well during working hours can have a significant impact on your overall health and wellbeing. By getting the proper nutrition, it's possible to make a positive impact on your health this month and beyond.
A healthy diet that limits high-fat, sugar, and overly salty foods will reduce the chance of heart disease. Eating heart healthy fats that can be found in foods like almonds or salmon can help lower your blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels.
Eating well prevents a variety of chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity. When you eat healthily, it can boost your HDL, or “good” cholesterol levels and decrease your unhealthy triglyceride levels.
The vitamins and nutrients obtained from a healthy diet are essential for energy. A lack of these essential nutrients can cause serious problems including dizziness, extreme fatigue, and shortness of breath.
Eating a variety of healthy foods will boost your memory, concentration and overall brain function. The foods that we eat have a direct effect on our mood, attitude, and memory.
Research has shown that healthy, balanced diets are associated with fewer incidences of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
What you eat helps you sleep! Nutrients found in healthy foods will help you relax and get better quality of sleep. Fatty and sugary foods can make it more difficult to go to sleep and stay asleep.
Eating well improves the immune system, which helps protect you from the common cold and flu that creeps around the office every year.
For those of us with undesirable eating habits, switching to healthier ones can seem like a very intimidating task. But eating healthy can mean something different for everybody, depending on things like dietary restrictions or medical conditions you might have, your relationship with food, your interest (or not) in things like weight management or weight loss, your culture, your budget, and so on. “What” you’re eating might be different then your coworkers, so make sure and stay on top of “how” you are eating, too. Sit down and give yourself some time to eat. Try to avoid eating at your desk in a rush. And meal prepping, packing your lunch and snacks, or deciding what to eat before you are actually hungry are all great ways to be more mindful about your daily nutrition.
The theme for National Nutrition Month 2020 is Eat Right, Bite by Bite. The PDF resources below are from this campaign provided by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
For informational and educational purposes only.
This content is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.