Everyone has experienced drowsiness and physical laziness, especially after a Sunday lunch. We know that a heavy meal can lead to attention problems, but how careful are we about what we eat at work?
Driving safety is an essential aspect at Magni TH. For us, this concept has many nuances and fields of application. Not least, making the right food choices can help the operator of our lifting machines to be more alert and energetic at work.
Nutrition is often underestimated when it comes to safety at work. However, it can have a major impact on the quality of our days. It is not a question of going on restrictive diets or weighing the grams of pasta. It is about taking a few simple steps to prevent feelings of numbness or fatigue from affecting our health and performance.
Eating right has a positive effect on our performance at work, especially on our level of attention and lucidity.
The perfect lunch for a working day
It is important to create a balanced meal in terms of calories and sources and find the right mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
- Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy. However, they are also the main culprit in raising blood sugar levels. A meal with a lot of carbohydrates, especially if refined, tends to raise blood sugar levels significantly, causing the feeling of tiredness and fatigue we mentioned earlier. With regard to carbohydrates (such as cereals, pasta and bread), it is advisable to choose wholegrain sources in order to reduce glycaemic peaks and provide our body with a supply of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) which are lost due to the refining process.
- Another advice is to combine carbohydrates with proteins, fats and fibre. Besides making the meal more balanced from a glycaemic point of view, they make us feel full once we have finished eating and in the hours following the meal. The main recommended protein sources are lean meat, fish, eggs, low-fat cheese and legumes. Some examples of healthy fat sources include olive oil, nuts, fatty fish (salmon and tuna) and avocados.
- Last but not least, we have fruit and vegetables. The WHO recommends 5 portions a day. These foods are essential because besides providing fibre, they also contain important micronutrients that make us feel good, protect us from disease and provide energy.
- Drinking water is another aspect to take into account in order to allow our organism to function at its best. It prevents dehydration which is often associated with symptoms such as headaches and fatigue, especially when the body is fatigued. This situation is very common on construction sites and in work that requires significant physical effort from the operator.
These simple tips should be understood as general guidelines to demonstrate that if we make the right food choices we can enhance our performance, feel better and work safely.
However, we must not forget that for more detailed information or in the presence of specific physical conditions, intolerances or diseases, it is essential to rely on your doctor and qualified nutritionists.