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Is A Proper Diet Plan Really Important While Working From Home?

While telecommuting and remote work was already common in many fields and was in fact getting increasingly popular, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated it. If a business was to even have a small chance of surviving the aftermath of the pandemic, management was forced to switch to the ‘work from home’ (WFH) model.

The WFH Health Challenge

Employees who were initially thrilled to be able to get the job done without braving daily traffic, now had to struggle to balance family and work – some with more chores added to their daily routine, inquisitive parents eager to see what their kids were up to, or noisy toddlers embarrassing them during all-important meetings. Needless to say, this new experience has led to several unhealthy habits – a sedentary lifestyle, undesirable routines and emotional eating!

The existence of convenient, food-delivery apps has added to the challenge of eating healthy, with several WFH menus being marketed galore, and restaurants offering massive discounts on fast food – after all, it’s business for them. In fact, a survey of sales of FMCG products during the year 2020 was astounding – Nestlé India, for example, reported that in just the first quarter, they had recorded the best quarterly sales in the last five years, and that too, globally! And what really were their fastest moving products? The survey showed that it was packaged food – condensed milk, noodles and chocolates!

The Repercussions Of Unhealthy Eating

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), in August 2020, published a study that highlighted the fact that people were more likely to die of a severe heart attack after the onset of the pandemic than in the months before. The reasons they focused on were stress and unhealthy eating, which combined, could be the perfect recipe for disaster! In addition, a sedentary lifestyle has expanded the waist-line and is reducing the life-line with obesity on the rise, along with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and blood glucose levels.

Staying Healthy While Working From Home

Taking the right steps for better health is never too late, but it can admittedly be quite difficult. Your employees may have spent weeks or months during the lockdown curled up in front of the TV with their favorite shows on, while boxes of pizza lay in front of them, and Coke bottles littered the floor. The weighing scales may no longer be their friend, and their favorite jeans refuse to button at the waist. While this lifestyle may be a ticking time-bomb, it’s not too late to diffuse it.

Start off by advocating a healthier lifestyle from management levels. Encourage fixed work hours so that employees have a clear, work-life distinction. Some businesses have a virtual, weekly workout session –yes, there are bound to be goof-ups, but it’s a great way to keep your team fit. And most important of all, you can take the initiative to drive home the importance of good nutrition to your employees. Rather than just sending them a diet chart you’ve picked off the Internet, or boring booklets that drone on, get them face-to-face with a dietitian.

‘Face-to-face’ you may ask? Well, let’s talk ‘screen-to-screen’ instead. Several reputed nutritionists offer virtual sessions, and you may opt for one of these sessions for your entire workforce. Some of these professionals may even extend their sessions to one-on-one interactions with your staff with personalized attention to help them make better choices.

In conclusion, a healthy employee is the lifeblood of your business. The numbers show that unhealthy diet habits, combined with a sedentary lifestyle, are taking a toll on even young, relatively healthy folk. Being proactive and getting your team professional guidance on how to cope with WFH will help them stay balanced and perform better too!

How Gayathri’s Nutrisolutions can help your workforce

Gayathri is a sought after nutritionist and a wellness coach who associates with corporates as part of their nutrition and wellness awareness programs. Her nutrition programs are exquisitely designed to educate and empower employees to adopt healthy lifestyle and behaviors. She conducts bespoke nutrition consultations, counseling and wellness programs to your employees via virtual platforms.

Nov 29, 2020

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How Healthy Sustainable Diets Sustain Yourself And The Planet

On 16th of October every year, the world comes together to celebrate World Food Day. The theme each year is different, but 2020’s theme is unique and timely: “Grow, Nourish, Sustain”. In a world facing the ill effects of climate change, hunger and progressive diseases, this year’s theme stands out as a stark reminder of actions we can take to meet our common objectives and missions, with active plans. The steps we take today will bear a great deal on how our future turns out to be.

The Truth About The Food We Eat

When we talk about food, we can’t be without talking about health. These two words, in fact, are like two sides of a coin – they go hand in hand. But, let’s be clear here – there is a huge difference between food and healthy food. Much of the food we get in markets these days are ridden with pesticides and chemicals. On the other hand, garden-to-table produce gives you just the good stuff you need to stay healthy. No harmful pesticides, no growth boosters – just good old nature taking her course. Besides, organic farming or growing your own food is a simple way to meet 2020’s theme, to grow, nourish and thereby sustain.

Eating To Sustain Our Planet

How so? Well, an eco-friendly diet, or planet-friendly eating, helps you get way more nutrients than otherwise. You get to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse emissions, save water and reduce water pollution. When you allow nature to take its course, you’re bound to be more healthy and live in a healthier world. So what should you be eating or not eating as part of your planet-friendly diet? First, what not to eat – cut back on dairy, meat and seafood. Eat more of whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables.

Support locally grown fruits and vegetables by shopping local. Local food leaves lesser environmental footprint as it reduces food miles and associated carbon emissions during transportation. It will also improve the local bio diversity. Select more fruits and vegetables that can be eaten raw. This would help to save the energy used for cooking. Eat seasonal food items and preserve them for future use.

Should You Opt For A Diet Plan?

A healthy meal plan can change the way you feel and live and give you a better quality of life. Of course, what you eat has to be tailored to your body’s specific needs. You might have seen a lot of diet plans out on the internet, with claims from weight loss to building muscle. Diet plans are not a “one size fits all” option. If you’d like to live a healthier, more sustainable life, do connect with a professional to get a personal diet plan that can invigorate you.

To summarize, our food choices go beyond just something that is put on the plate. The foods we choose and the sources from which they come have a big impact on our environment and on our health. Organic foods and planet-friendly eating have long-lasting benefits, and fully tie in with this year’s World Food Day theme, to “Grow, Nourish, Sustain”.

Nov 08, 2020

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