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Good food for hard work

Breakfast like an emperor, lunch like a king, and eat the dinner of a beggar: a good old proverb. The large intestine works best between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m., working a “five-to-five job.” During the evenings and nights, the large intestine needs rest in order to complete the day’s digestion and be ready for the next day.

An extensive afternoon pause of 1.5 hours long, when you can enjoy your lunch break and take a short “power nap” or a walk, is ideal for the body.

It’s not only work stress that can cause a heavy weight in the belly, but also eating too quickly under stress.

Just try it out.

I’ll bet you that the less and the lighter you eat, the better you’ll sleep, and the better you’ll feel in the morning, ready to take on the workday. And the better the breakfast and lunch that you eat, the more efficiently you’ll work.

Employers be advised: good employees haven’t just earned their lunch breaks, but also quality meals. Most workplace cafeterias or canteens leave too much to be desired. There’s a lot of fried or baked foods made with processed ingredients and MSG—products that are more imitations of food than food itself. Not an enjoyable meal.

Don’t accept everything that crosses your plate; “eat well to work well” should be a slogan in all areas of your life.

Klaus Heid, Arzt, Essen für Schlaue


Plan your lunch break

The workday requires good planning; you should take half an hour for each mealtime. You’ll have time to put together a good breakfast if you set your alarm clock accordingly. Organize your work appointments around your lunch break. The motto goes, “My lunch break belongs to me!”

Plan half an hour for your meals alone; for the time it takes to get to the table and the time it takes to prepare a brown-bag lunch, calculate a little extra time so that you can relax and enjoy your meal. Generally, an hour’s lunch break gives you enough of a time buffer. Remember: quality work in exchange for a quality meal, and if your boss doesn’t know this yet, tell him or her!