Lunch Break: How To Eat Better At Work?

When working, it can be difficult to keep a good nutritional balance (traveling, lack of time, fast food restaurants nearby, snacking, etc.). It is important to pay attention to your diet, without ceasing to indulge yourself. How to eat better at work and enjoy the lunch break?

Duration of the lunch break

When an employee has worked for 6 continuous hours, he must have a break of at least 20 minutes. The lunch break is considered a break time. Often, the rules applicable to meal breaks are indicated in the collective agreement or collective agreement: the time allowed can then be 30 minutes and 2 hours. When the legal or conventional break time is granted, the employer fulfills his obligations.

Take time for lunch

It’s not just a matter of choosing your meal, you also have to take your time to eat . A meal should last an average of 20 and 30 minutes for satiety to kick in. Chewing well and eating slowly allows for better digestion and less bloating.

If you have little time to eat, consider bringing your cooked meal the day before, which you will just have to reheat. Also, you can occasionally buy or prepare a balanced sandwich: for example, favor raw vegetables (tomatoes, cucumber, pickles, etc.), cheese spread rather than butter.

Bring your meal

As soon as possible, opt for a self-prepared meal: leftovers from dinner, a quick meal cooked the night before or the same day if you have a kitchen at work. Prepared industrial meals, salads in trays or sandwiches in sachets should be avoided as much as possible. Indeed these are generally too fatty, too salty and full of preservatives: therefore worse for health. In addition, cooking yourself is more economical. If you run out of ideas, you are bound to find a new one while surfing the web.

Do not stay at your desk

On the one hand, it is not recommended to do several things at the same time: eating in front of the computer is therefore not recommended, such as checking your phone or watching TV. Stay calm and enjoy. On the other hand, whenever you have the chance, disconnect: take a walk outside, go window shopping, meet a loved one, play sports, read … This will allow you to be more motivated for the afternoon.

Eat with colleagues

More than 60% of French employees eat lunch with their colleagues. If there is a good understanding, sharing this moment together can make it easier to appreciate it. It is also a way to get to know each other, to strengthen ties and thus make teamwork more effective.