The old adage “You are what you eat” has been proven true time and again. It is not unknown that our body gets energy after digesting food and therefore, it becomes more important to pay heed to the food we eat during work days. Eating too much or consuming wrong and unhealthy food during work days can seriously impair productivity. The relationship between the food and productivity is much deeper and companies as well as employees need to understand the relationship. Let’s take a look at the effect of unhealthy eating during work days:
· Overeating on Carbs kills the Productivity
Almost all bread-based and sugary foods have carbohydrates in them. Carbs make up for a large part of our diet and everyone loves to partake of such food items. While carbs should be part of every healthy diet, they can’t be the primary part of any balanced meal. Food rich in carbs makes the body produce a ton of insulin which in turn produces sleep hormones like serotonin and tryptophan. These hormones induce sleep and turn people sluggish which directly affects their productivity. So, to avoid those “naps” during the working hours, skip loading up on the carbs while working during the work days.
· Dietary Habits Directly Impacts the Sleep Cycle
·Dietary foods are liked by almost all of us and we eat them whenever we want to. Our bodies work according to the Circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms govern our bodies which tells us when we are tired, when to eat, when to stay alert throughout the day. There are many factors which impact the circadian rhythms but dietary habits impact the sleep cycle the most. Therefore, another eating habit we all must focus on is to keep a check on dietary food consumption at the right time during the day.
· Low Blood Sugar Level results in Low Self Control
Self-control is very important for paying complete attention while working. The ability to focus on a particular task directly depends upon the willpower of a person. A recent study done by the researchers has proved that the ability to resist temptation and do the right thing instead of a fun thing directly depends upon the glucose level in the body. Low glucose levels occur because of lack of food and this negatively impacts our mood and behavior. Therefore, it is recommended to pay close attention to maintain the glucose level in the body so that the willpower remains high and there is no decrease in the ability to stay focused to work.
Our diets have a much larger impact on our productivity than we all think. Experts suggest eating the largest meal in the morning to produce energy for the day long activities and to avoid eating too much in the evening and also fatty food while taking the mental load. When it comes to taking care of the body, developing good eating habits is much above the proper sleeping. Therefore, to increase the productivity and achieve work-life balance it is important to pay attention to the dietary habits.