Corporate Nutrition Program

Health Guide for Corporate People

“Eat your food as your medicine or else you’ll have to eat medicine as your food -Hippocrates.”

We all think corporate life is the one which gives its populace maximum opportunities and favorable circumstances to attain utmost success in life and people leading this life are more dynamic and high octane, but the one who endures knows that it’s not all that rosy. Many times they have to work more than regular hours, skip meals when the work load is high or even work at late nights to achieve targets.

To meet such demands of life, working people tend to overlook their health.

Let’s give a check-

Do you feel fatigued even when you wake up in the morning?

Has your food palette changed in terms of quantity?

Are you often irritated, depressed or restless?

Has flatulence and bloating become a part of your life?

These all are a few symptoms of an unhealthy life.

We have always heard that “the groundwork of all happiness is health”. When you are fit, you are more enthusiastic, energetic and innovative, which has an obvious impact on your overall work performance. But in rush of life, health becomes less prior. A Spanish proverb says, “A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools”

People spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.

The first most common problem faced by working mass is “stress”.

Stress brings along with it many other problems viz. depression, aches, pains, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, dizziness, chest pain etc. which often affects our behavior, like one may start eating too much or too little.

While eating too much (and thanks to corporate life, for it is innately blessed with a sedentary lifestyle) leads to obesity and other lifestyle diseases; eating less, on the other hand, makes one feel weak and low, thus again bringing down the ability to work, so more failures, more stress and the vicious cycle continues.

So to lead a healthy life one must eat right. By right I mean, that much quantity and the kind of food one requires carrying out daily routines appropriately.

During adulthood nutrients are required for the purpose of energy and for maintenance of body functions. Though there is no growth during adulthood, but proteins are required for the replacement of worn out tissues.

Writing a perfect diet plan for everyone here may not be possible, because the requirements of each individual are different and thus such plans are usually personalized. But I can surely mention a few tips that will help:

  • Start your day with fruits, even better if you consume those rich in dietary fiber like dates, prunes, dried apricots, figs,amla, guava, pomegranate, plum, apple etc. It will boost your energy with sugars in them, relieve you of constipation, flatulence and similar problems and provide you with a number of essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Drink atleast one to two glasses of milk a day. According to ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) an adult should consume 250ml of buffalo’s milk or 350ml of cow’s milk. (If you are overweight or obese or your cholesterol levels are high, opt for cow’s milk, as it is less in fat content as compared to the former one).
  • avoid water immediately before and after the meals.
  • Try to avoid eating after you are full. Eat small portions and as and when you are hungry.
  • Go for walks regularly or work out for at least 30mins a day.
  • Carry vegetables and fruits cuts along with you. Replace them with chocolates and other snacks. You can always have some on the way to office.
  • Drink water at regular intervals. When you are hydrated you tend to be less tired. You can opt for coconut water occasionally, it will provide you with minerals which aids in digestion, metabolism, reproduction and wound healing.
  • Carry high carbohydrate, high protein snack when you are not sure whether you may be able to have your food on time. Example: a salsa wrap with veggies, paneer(cottage cheese) or tofu, hung curds etc. wrapped in a whole wheat flour chapatti or a multi grained sandwich.
  • Avoid excess caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea. Restrict it to maximum 2-3 cups a day. Researches have proved that overdoses may cause restlessness, fidgetiness, nervousness, excitement, euphoria, insomnia, flushing of the face, increased urination, gastrointestinal disturbances, muscle twitching, a rambling flow of thought and speech, irritability, irregular or rapid heartbeat and psychomotor agitation.
  • Try to carry homemade food, outside foods may not be as hygienic and healthy.
  • Remember, if you are living a sedentary lifestyle, you may be prone to various diseases like obesity, diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome or cardiovascular disease, so keep a regular check on your weight and your lipid profile. A healthy life is like an investment, one is sure to get its returns in old age.

 “Eat your food as your medicine or else you’ll have to eat medicine as your food -Hippocrates.”

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