That’s right. Your parents warned you; spend too much time in front of that TV or computer screen and you’ll be a total veggie. And here you are, eight hours (at least) in front of a computer screen at work under fluorescent lights, before you head home in traffic, watch the tube and continue work on your laptop.
We all know the worst thing to eat when the 3pm office slump hits: refined sugar and/or carbohydrates. That corn-syrupy, flavored latte, that stashed emergency candy bar, your organic raspberry “healthy” soda… All of these quick, easy snacks generally deliver the exact opposite reaction than the one you were looking for. Thus, you’re still tired and cranky (maybe more so since being tired and cranky tends to make us, well, more cranky). This is because eating (or drinking) a lot of highly-processed foods full of refined sugar and carbs can actually result in your body releasing too much insulin. Symptoms? About two hours later you are irritable, craving more sweets, sluggish and now you might have a headache (another reason to be cranky).Does that sound like your afternoon in cubicle-land?
Unfortunately, junk food is usually what’s most readily available in or near the office. (Leftover supermarket birthday cake in the break room, anyone?)
Well, yesterday at work I walked in to a wonderful surprise.