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20 February 2020
Snack time?

The office is a breeding ground for bad food habits. It’s pretty difficult to work hard and focus if you’re running around the office on empty. You need to fuel! A healthy breakfast and lunch, of course, is a must. But you’ll also find yourself grazing throughout the course of the day on anything that you can get your hands on. Stress has a sneaky way of amping up cravings for processed snacks and sugary drinks while chipping away at willpower to make a healthy choice. A little extra here and there can keep blood sugar levels stable, which wards off distracting hunger and keeps your brain humming along as long as they are the right snacks.

DeltaNet International found the top crisps, biscuits and chocolate bars employees turn to when stressed:

  • Crisps – Sensations (Thai sweet chili), Quavers, Monster Munch, Doritos (chili heatwave)
  • Biscuits – Chocolate digestives, Jaffa Cakes, Choc-Chip cookies, Bourbons
  • Chocolate bars – Dairy Milk, Galaxy, Wispa, Twix

Darren Hockley, managing director at DeltaNet International said:

“I’m quite partial to a bar of Dairy Milk myself, especially as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, but I know some of my colleagues would disagree with my choice.

While the rankings were a bit of fun, we can’t ignore the fact that workplace stress is a very serious issue, and can lead to bad eating habits, amongst other things. It’s really important that we can learn to identify the symptoms of stress within ourselves as it may present differently from person to person, and understand what good stress management is and how to achieve it.”

DeltaNet offered some tips to help your employees be more active at work. Such as:

  1. Encouraging physical activity – so initiatives like cycle to work scheme, discounted gym membership, lunchtime yoga and access to onsite shower facilities.
  2. Offer healthy snacks – fresh-fruit deliveries can help employees make beneficial choices, as can recipe swapping clubs and team lunches aimed at raising awareness about nutrition.
  3. Keep employees moving – encouraging employees to take short but regular breaks can help, as can raising awareness about display screen equipment (DSE) use and what office-based exercises they can do to help reduce fatigue, pain, and discomfort.
  4. The list of employees most favourite snacks was compiled from data on more than 60 snack rankings from news sites, brands, Twitter and Reddit.

Snacking – at work, at home, and on-the-go – isn’t going anywhere. Substituting a better alternative is not only much, much easier, but also more likely to produce positive results and create dramatic behavioral change. Recognising this is key.

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