Staying Healthy At Work

Staying Healthy At Work

  • 5 June 2020
When you order any of DailyDish’s meal kits you know you are going to be eating nutritious and balanced meals every weeknight. But it might not be as easy to stay on track with your health at work, especially if you are now working from home right by the kitchen and snacks cupboard.

We spend a large portion of our day at work and by following healthy habits throughout the day we’re more likely to be productive and focused while on the job. Here are some simple tips to follow to help keep you on track at work.

Have healthy snacks on hand

Always keep your desk drawer stocked up with healthy snacks so when you get hungry, you aren’t tempted to visit the vending machine to refuel or have some unhealthy snacks brought to the office by your colleagues. Stock up on nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and dried fruit to nibble on in between meal times.

Take frequent breaks and go for a walk

Nobody can concentrate and work for hours on end. Sitting all day is bad for your back, neck, shoulders and you can have eye-strain if you stare at a screen all day. Once every hour, take a short break by doing a few stretches or going for a walk. These brief frequent breaks will refresh and rejuvenate you and can do wonders for your concentration.

Limit your caffeine

Don’t worry - we’re not going to tell you to skip your morning cup of coffee entirely! Coffee has a myriad of benefits, including increased energy levels, boosting metabolism, and it is high in antioxidants. But too much caffeine will be detrimental to your health and productivity and can cause that mid-afternoon energy slump, so it’s best to drink coffee in moderation. Too much coffee can also mess with your sleep. Drink water and caffeine-free teas like rooibos and honeybush, especially in the afternoon.

Pack your own lunch

You might work close to a large choice of restaurants and takeaway places which offer quick, but unhealthy meals. Or if you’re working remotely from home, you have food delivery apps that will deliver these unhealthy meals at a click of a button. This is very convenient at times, but generally the portions are huge and the options not the healthiest.

Packing your own lunch means you can stay on track with your healthy eating goals, and it will save you money. One option is to meal prep a big batch of lunches at the beginning of each week. Another option which some of our Daily Dish foodies use is to have leftovers from dinner the night before. Say you are single, you can order a dinner kit for 2 people and have one portion for dinner and another for lunch the next day. This way you know you’re having a delicious, dietician-approved lunch every work day!