Did you realise that one of the main ways to boost mental wellbeing is through the food and drink you put in your body? What we eat directly affects the way our brains work and ultimately, our mood. The good news is that clients at BusinessLodge, Bury and Stoke’s leading flex-space providers, we’re firm believers that a great, healthy lunch is really important for a productive working day.
Clients at both centres can take advantage of our Grab n Go facilities which offer a range of sandwiches and snacks to ensure that you never skip lunch. Clients in Bury also have the additional bonus of onsite eatery Olive’s Kitchen, an independent healthy caterer based in Bury, specialising in providing high quality, freshly prepared, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Their range of soups, one-pots, sandwiches, salads and pasta pots are all be freshly made with no need for preservatives, stabilisers, emulsifiers or additives allowing customers to be rest assured that the ingredients that they are eating are natural.
Food can be a real mood booster – and here’s why:
Sounds obvious – but how many of us a “too busy” to stop for lunch? Your brain needs to be fed regularly with the right mix of nutrients for it to function properly. Your body’s central control centre, if your blood sugar drops through lack of food you might feel tired, irritable and depressed. Eating regularly and choosing foods that release energy slowly will help to keep your sugar levels steady. Which if course, leads to greater energy, more focus, and ultimately, a more productive working day!
Eat the right fats
Yes, your read that correctly – but the word “right” is crucial here! Your brain needs fatty acids (such as omega-3 and -6) to keep it in top working order – but that doesn’t mean reaching for the fast food! Foods rich in omeg-3 and -6 are essential here for great brain function, and can be found in oily fish, poultry, nuts (especially walnuts and almonds), olive and sunflower oils, seeds (such as sunflower and pumpkin), avocados, milk, yoghurt, cheese and eggs. The healthy foods on offer at Olive’s Kitchen will tick this box for you!
Get your five a day
We know – you already know this! But how many of you actually stick to it? We all know that vegetables and fruit contain a lot of the minerals, vitamins and fibre we need to keep us physically and mentally healthy. We’re also all familiar with the “five a day” message – but the World Health Organisation suggests that up to 8 a day is best for optimum health.
Eating a variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables every day means you’ll get a good range of nutrients – but not many of us have time to chop and prepare fresh salads for work every day, do we? Olive’s Kitchen will do the hard work for you, ensuring that you “eat the rainbow” and get the good stuff you need.
Drink enough fluid
Your brain is like a sponge, and if you don’t keep it regularly hydrated it will quickly dry out, leaving you tired, bring on headaches and low in mood. A brain contains up to 78% water so keep it topped up with six to eight glasses (about 1.5 – two litres) fluid per day.
- By the time you register you are thirsty you are already dehydrated – so avoid getting to that stage
- Water and fruit teas are the best hydrators
- Caffeine can affect your mood so try to limit your intake
- Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it will give you a quick burst of energy, but then may make you feel anxious and depressed, disturb your sleep (especially if you have it before bed), or give you withdrawal symptoms if you stop suddenly.
- Drinks such as coffee, cola, energy drinks, tea and chocolate all contain caffeine and should be limited.
- Drinking too much alcohol can cause dehydration and can lead to B vitamin deficiencies, which may make you more depressed or anxious.
So what are you waiting for? We suggest our Bury client’s check out Olive’s kitchen as soon as they can!