We’ve all been advised to eat more fruits and vegetables at least once in our life. However, is it just me or does this statement seem vague, unachievable and not to mention unappealing? Additionally, can fruits and vegetables realistically make my life that much better than say... tastier options? If so, how? And lastly, how can I realistically implement more fruits and vegetables into my diet, when it feels like I don't have the time or budget?
Nutritionist Nimisha Gandhi addresses all these questions in this article, and she gives you easily implementable diet tips and tricks, that you and your colleagues can use to improve the happiness and productivity of your workplace, and in turn your life!
According to certified FitPro nutritionist Nimisha Gandhi, "every bite is not just an opportunity to nourish yourself, it is also your chance to determine your mood, alertness, and productivity."
When all of your nutrient needs are met, your body is functioning optimally. Blood is flowing freely and oxygen is circulating efficiently. Subsequently, you experience clear thinking, sustainable energy boosts, and a stabilized mood. However, when you are not receiving the nutrients you need, your body will become fatigued, craving obsessed, yawn prone and you will have low concentration levels.
The long term benefits of a fruit and vegetable rich diet are due to the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that are within them. Note: Phytonutrients are compounds that are unique to plant based foods. These long term benefits include but are not limited to; boosting the immune system, preventing cancer, repairing damaged cells and as an added bonus, slowing down the aging process. However, just as quickly as a good diet (full of vegetables and fruits) can have positive long term effects on your body, a bad diet can have negative long term/serious implications. If your body is not receiving the nutrients it needs it will go into subtle stress mode. Subtle stress can and will present itself as; depression, anxiety, anger, irritability and/or worse!
What does this have to do with you and your workplace? I am glad you asked...
People spend more than half of their day at work, and it is in this time that they eat at least one meal and multiple snacks. If you and your colleagues are struggling to stay awake, alert, calm, engaged and/or seem to have a negative relationship with work, it could be diet related. Therefore it is imperative that you eat foods that combat your stress, increase your energy, reduce your anxiety and improve your day-to-day effectively.
Want to know what these foods are and how to implement them into your day? Check out Nimisha's Food Suggestions and Tips:
7 Tips to Incorporate More Mood and Energy Friendly Foods Into Your Workday
1. Start your morning right. Some ways to do so include adding vegetables and fruit to your breakfast, for example; add avocados, spinach, and/or berries into your smoothie routine, have sautéed vegetables or sauerkraut with your eggs or have bread made with grain-free flours such as zucchini and/or pumpkin.
2. Snack Smart. Keep plenty of nutrient rich snacks on hand. A perfect snack to prevent insulin spikes and crashes, always has healthy fats, proteins, and antioxidants. To-go snacks that include all of these are; avocado and cucumber slices wrapped in nori sheets or apple slices with almond butter.