Eat your way to happy


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Eat your way to happy

  1. 1. Happiness at work Eat your way to happy At some point during the working week, the majority of us will - unless • Problem foods: Foods that typically cause us the most problems - and we’re superhuman - have a moment (or five, or six) where we quite are, annoyingly, what we tend to enjoy, crave, and spend our afternoons simply run out of steam, struggle to concentrate, or can’t for the life of us dreaming of - often contain sugar, wheat, dairy or additives. Limiting remember what we had to get done before that all-important meeting. But your intake of these can help you to manage a range of mental health did you know that a lot of those moments could be down to your diet? issues; from insomnia and fatigue, to memory difficulties. Food is, without a doubt, one of the greatest pleasures in life; but for • Problem drinks: Whilst caffeine can give you a much needed boost in many of us, the relationship is a complicated one. When we’re tired and the mornings, drinking too much tea and coffee can lead to anxiety, need a pick-me-up, we naturally turn to coffee; when we’re hungry but in nervousness and depression. We all love a nice hot drink in the Eating a mornings, but why not try a cup of hot water with a slice of fresh lemon balanced diet a rush, we grab for the convenience food; and when we’re stressed and in need of a quick release, we reach for a large glass of wine or a pint of to detox your system; or a few mint leaves to aid digestion? And whilst can make you alcohol is great in moderation, note the word ‘moderation’. feel happier, something cold and refreshing. But what effect is it having in the long-run? healthier and • What to eat: Protein - which can be found in meat, fish, eggs, cheese ready to go! From fluctuations in blood sugar levels to vitamin deficiencies, food and and nuts - helps to balance blood sugar levels; an imbalance in these nutrients can play havoc with your emotional and mental well-being; can trigger irritability, poor concentration, fatigue, depression, and food affecting your ability to stay alert, motivated, and even awake. But by cravings. You should also up your intake of essential fatty acids (such as making a few simple changes to what and how you eat, both at home Omega 3 which can be found in oily fish), as this is the ultimate brain and in the workplace, you can make yourself feel happier, healthier and food. And we don’t need to lecture you here about the importance of raring to go. your five-a-day. • What to drink: Drinking 6-8 glasses of water every day is vital for keeping you hydrated and flushing toxins out of your system. Drinking plenty of water can also stop you from snacking on that big block of Daily Milk, as people often confuse thirst with feelings of hunger. Busy lifestyles can make it all too easy to skip breakfast, grab lunch on the go, or tuck into an unhealthy mixture of convenience food after a long hard day at work; but with a little planning, you can make your mid-week meals work for you - giving you the energy you need to tackle the week ahead.Follow us