This month I talk through the reasons why we should try to get most of the nutrients we need from a varied diet where we can. Why and when we might need to supplement and the risks to be mindful of when we do as well as getting professional advice first.
The first question you might ask is, why encourage healthy eating in my workplace? There is significant research outlining that an unhealthy diet is related to an increased risk of chronic diseases, including heart diseases, diabetes and cancer.
Diet culture is ingrained in our daily lives, and this culture is often supported by social media seeking for us all to fit into an ideal aesthetic. In this month’s blog we look at diets, their sustainability, the mindset they create and how using a slow and steady approach in adopting health promoting behaviours is better for our wellbeing and health outcomes.
As we move through the final weeks of the year, many of us are tired and very much looking forward to having some downtime over the Christmas. However, we still have a few weeks to go, and this time can often be the most stressful with present lists, parties, family events and school plays to get through just to mention a few!
Did you know that men in Ireland have a shorter life expectancy than women! In 2021, life expectancy at birth for women was about 84.1 years, while life expectancy at birth for men was about 80.2 years on average, nearly 4 years less (1). The top three causes of death in 2022 were malignant neoplasms (cancer), diseases of the heart and arteries (cardiovascular disease (CVD)) and then lung diseases (2). This month’s blog is a focus on men’s health and how their diet can help improve outcomes for some of the key challenges men face.
Do you find that in times of stress, your diet is one of the first things to suffer! Contrary to what we might think, stress is normal and so is our body’s psychological and physical reaction to it! Indeed, research shows us that a small amount of stress can be good for us and gets us motivated to get stuff done. It improves memory, is beneficial to performance and motivation, and activates the immune system.
Many of us don’t give our heart health a second thought, that is until we are told that something has changed. That could be our blood pressure or cholesterol level. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the most common cause of death in Ireland with an estimated 9,000 people dying from it each year
Everyone wants to live longer and work smarter however, do we slow down enough to consider how our lifestyle is impacting our health, how it's impacting our performance? Actually, I will rephrase that, do we know how to slow down?
Over a third of all adults in Ireland (36%) say that they regularly suffer from stress. Many are working more hours and taking less time off, and in turn we are hearing of various mental and physical health challenges. When work is overwhelming and your work-life balance feels out of whack, it’s time to take the holiday and embrace every moment of it so that you can literally soak up all those health benefits.
Recent changes to how we work, have meant that there are a lot less conversations at the water cooler! However, while we may not be having as many chance conversations at the water station are you drinking enough when you are at work?