Health & Wellbeing
Well-being plays an important role in the workplace, from the right food to fuel concentration to a lifestyle that keeps us feeling energised.
Healthy Lifestyle Healthy Heart
We know a healthy lifestyle is key to a healthy heart. Exercise, nutrition, sleep and stress all have an impact on our heart health.
Here are a few things you can do to help reduce the risk of some of the most common chronic illnesses related to the heart.
- Managing stress levels by taking regular breaks or doing relaxing activities.
- Improve your sleep quality by creating a healthy sleeping environment.
- Adopt of a diet with a balance of food groups and maintain a healthy weight.
- Get regular exercise, even if this means a short burst in breaks or a walk with a friend.
Combined all of these factors can help to maintain healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Choosing healthier snacks can help to pick up your energy levels and get you through to that next meal.
Too often when snacking is mentioned it is discouraged because of the high consumption of chocolate, crisps, biscuits and other indulgent treats. These are fine in moderation of course but if you follow a few simple steps you can get some great health benefits and feel great throughout the day.
- Go for fruit and vegetables first. Fresh fruit, veg crudites, berries in yoghurt, a handful of raisins or unsalted nuts
- Popcorn that is lightly salted or sweetened makes a great grazing option as they are generally lower calorie.
- Choose a healthy cereal bar, those made purely from dried fruit and nuts make a filling morning pick-me-up with natural sweetness
If you want to make a batch of your own snacks we have a great Berry and Almond No Added Sugar Bites recipe. Click here to check it out.
Happy Gut, Happy You
Fibre is the key to a healthy gut and we should aim to consume 30g per day. However, currently the UK average intake for adults is only 18g so this is something worth focusing on for improvement.
Here are a few key foods to feed your gut well:
- Wholegrains such as porridge oats, wholemeal bread, wholewheat pasta and grains like bulgur wheat
- The more fruit and veg you incorporate the better, especially if you are able to keep the skins on because this is where most of the fibre is
- Beans, lentils and chickpeas can also boost your fibre intake and 80g contributes 1 of your 5 a day too
A healthy gut supports the digestive system but also plays a part on our mental health too.
Click here to try our Tabbouleh recipe which contains bulgur wheat and makes a great base for a healthy meal.
Food for Mood
We all want to feel good, today, tomorrow and long term. A balanced diet can help you feel more energised for the day ahead and stabilise your mood.
Here are some tips to help:
- Eating balanced, regular meals helps to maintain blood glucose levels and prevent irritability or fatigue
- Go for wholegrains as a base in your meals as they have higher fibre, releasing energy more consistently throughout the day
- Achieving your 5 a day will make sure you are getting a wide range of vitamins and minerals, essential for a healthy mind
- Staying hydrated will help you maintain concentration levels and prevent negative impacts of dehydration, aim for around 8-10 glasses of fluid per day.