As people begin to embrace the New Normal norms in their work-life, it’s equally important to adopt and adapt healthy diet practices while at the office.
Health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, dyslipidemia, overweight and obesity, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, constipation, iron deficiency anaemia, malnutrition and some cancers, are all linked with improper food habits and a sedentary lifestyle.
Here are a few tips to help you make correct food choices:
Poor diet and physical inactivity result in an energy imbalance. This means more calories are consumed than expended, causing weight gain leading to obesity issues. Overweight and obesity raise the risk of certain chronic diseases such as diabetes. So, make informed and wiser choices in food intake to stay healthy and well. Always remember, there is no quick fix for nutritional problems. So, get proper nutrition facts from credible and reliable sources.
Foods have a range of nutrients, phytochemicals, antioxidants, and other compounds that offer you several health benefits. Fortified foods are useful sources of one or more nutrients that sometimes are consumed in fewer quantities than recommended amounts. Your dietician can help you determine your nutrients deficiencies and ways to rectify this lack, including prescribing you supplements that are useful to fill a specifically identified nutrient gap.
Always keep some healthy snacks in your desk drawers like dried fruits and nuts, fruits like bananas and apples and wholegrain cereal bars to eat whenever you feel hungry. This way, you can avoid unhealthy food cravings.
Drink more water to hydrate your body and energize yourself. You may set reminders on your cell to help you drink adequate quantity of water, preventing yourself from dehydration and in turn, feeling tired.
The rise in stress levels can cause people to overeat and crave for sugary, salty and fatty foods, as the body feels it needs fuel to fight with the worries; hence, feeds on an improper diet. The mind and body when under pressure would.