Working through lunch?

Cara Cunningham, Sen

Reporter:

Cara Cunningham, Sen

Some people describe it as ‘eating al desko’, it seems to be increasingly busy people don’t stop for a lunch break choosing rather to eat what they can and work through.

Some people describe it as ‘eating al desko’, it seems to be increasingly busy people don’t stop for a lunch break choosing rather to eat what they can and work through.

Not being able to stop for lunch is bad enough but the even worse news is that eating in this way can also lead to you piling on the pounds.

The choice that you make for lunch can be surprisingly calorific. Bought sandwiches can be more fattening than most people realise. They can contain up to 25% of your calorie requirement but can be gone in a flash. If they are boosted by the addition of crisps and something fizzy then you could have 40-50% of you energy requirement ate without a second thought.

Having lunch at your desk while staring at the computer we mindlessly eat the food in front of us. We can literally ‘hoover’ up food with no regard for the taste, flavour or how hungry we are. In this way we can eat a lot of unnecessary calories and get no joy from the experience!

When we are working hard and have worked through lunch we will often ‘reward’ ourselves later with crisps, chocolate, cans of fizzy pop! It seems that fruit doesn’t seem to ‘cut it’ as a reward. Vending machines can are demons for this as they make these little treats so available. In some ways they are like big ‘fruit machine’ that you always win on!

Although working through lunch might be a necessary evil, try to make it a minimum. There is nothing like clearing your head, getting a walk in and sitting down to enjoy your lunch, to get you all set for a productive afternoon!

For more information or for more information on diet and nutrition, please contact: The Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service, HSE Dublin-Mid Leinster Tel: (044) 9395518 or email community.dietitians@hse.ie.