Let’s be honest, we can all be guilty of skipping lunch from time to time –  with some of us slipping into the habit on a regular basis. In fact, a study revealed that as many as 82% of employees don’t take their lunch break – and don’t actually eat anything at all! This begs the question –  just what’s stopping us?

After all, workers in the UK have the right to one uninterrupted 20 minute rest break, provided they work more than six hours per day. With 90% of people who do take a full break feeling refreshed and ready to go back to work afterwards, it really is crucial for our physical and mental wellbeing, not to mention our productivity, to grab a bite to eat at lunchtime.

At BusinessLodge, a leading flexwork space with offices in Bury and Stoke, we’re absolutely passionate about food – and that’s why we ensure that our clients are well catered for with nutritious, tasty food.At a time of year when we are all busier than ever, it’s extra important to stay fueled and hydrated ahead of all the stamina we need for the party season.  We’ve rounded up some of the most common reasons for business people skipping that all important mid-day break  – and why it isn’t an issue for BusinessLodge clients!

I’m “too busy” for lunch

Often, our tendency to decline time out is essentially based on a strong work ethic. Often employees consider work to be more important than temporarily hitting the pause button, even when they are legally entitled to do so. This can arise from the sheer volume of work which leaves people feeling snowed under, meaning they decide to simply keep going, at best managing a snack while still at their desk.

Alternatively, if the custom in the office is to work through breaks, individuals may feel anxious or guilty about asserting their right to take one unless given the go-ahead by someone senior.  After all, no-one wants to be thought of as a shirker! With Christmas on the horizon, many organisations are busier than ever, particularly those in retail – but make sure you make time to eat!

Does it really matter?

Surely skipping the odd meal here and there can’t be a bad thing – right?

Wrong! Passing up on the opportunity to take a well-earned breather could be doing us more harm than we realise.

For many of us, self-care doesn’t always make the cut in our busy schedules, yet at BusinessLodge we believe that it’s crucial to rethink this approach so that we condition ourselves to view our lunch break as a time to eat healthily, as well as getting moving as well.

Clearly, we need a balanced intake to ensure we’re receiving optimum nutrition. Otherwise, depleted blood sugar levels, rising cortisol and sluggish metabolism mean we aren’t able to function at our best, are more likely to make mistakes, are more at risk of feeling ‘hangry’ and are more susceptible to both weight gain and illness.  This happens when we skip meals or wait too long before eating as our bodies then go into survival mode.

When we finally do get around to putting food in our mouths, we tend to overeat in order to combat what, by now, feels like overwhelming hunger – particularly at this time of year, when it can feel like there are treats at every turn.

Then there’s the mid-afternoon slump! If we experience plummeting energy levels, tired eyes and a foggy head it might be helpful for us to address how, or indeed if, we are taking our lunch break, and also what and when we are eating and drinking.

Still think lunch is for wimps?!

I don’t have time to pop to the supermarket

With that in mind, what could be more convenient for BusinessLodge clients determined to establish good habits than our fantastic on-site facilities providing tasty and nourishing food

Our grab n go stations at both our centres are stocked with tasty items for breakfast and lunch, with a great choice of healthy snacks – with the odd treat thrown in for good measure! Clients at our Bury centre have the additional benefit of Olive’s Kitchen, our onsite café. As an independent healthy caterer  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

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So,  there you have it.

Aside from the obvious health benefits of a nutritious lunch, stepping away from our desks to go and enjoy it is also a proven way to keep levels of concentration and energy up during the day. What’s more, it’s an opportunity to stretch our legs, helping to counteract the risks associated with sedentary jobs.

So, while we might think that powering through the day without stopping shows how serious we are about work, it’s actually by taking a break, recharging the batteries and using the time to nourish ourselves properly that will make us more productive in the long run.