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How to happily crave healthy foods

Designer Creative - Thursday, April 19, 2018

Have you ever glared with envy at a co-worker who sidestepped the pizza for a salad without complaint? Sure, you could probably eat a salad, but why would you do that when there is perfectly good pizza?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you wanted the salad instead of the pizza? Wouldn’t it be easier to stay within your daily calories and eat more fruits and vegetables if your body actually craved them?
Well, there’s good news.
You can actually train your brain to crave healthy foods. But it takes some willpower to get started.
To unlock the ability to crave fresh fruit and vegetables, you first have to understand why you desire high-calorie meals.

 

Typical reasons we crave unhealthy food

 

1. The price tag
At a quick glance, the cost of fresh meals can seem higher than alternatives. If you’re trying to keep more cash in your bank account, you might be tempted to see the short-term gains of choosing unhealthy options.

 

2. The convenience

Running through the drive-thru before or after work is easy. Taking the time to slow down and think about what you’re eating and how it fits with the rest of what you’ve eaten that day can be hard work.

 

3. Emotions associated with sugar, fats and salt

Almost everyone has some sort of treat on their birthday. Over time, we associate treats with celebrations and good feelings. Ever stress eat when things don’t seem to be going your way? This habit is basically a ritual to summon good feelings – even if those good feelings don’t address the problem causing you stress.

 

So how do we kick these habits?

 

First, decide which of the previous habits most describes your relationship with unhealthy foods. Even if you were nodding your head along to all three, pick one to focus on for now.

 

Next, you’ll mentally prepare to address those issues. Here are a few examples to help you get started.

 

“Healthy foods aren’t affordable.”

 

Last year, the USDA published a study that found the opposite of this myth. Kevin Concannon, former under secretary at the USDA, said “Protein foods and food high in saturated fat, added sugars and sodium were all more expensive than fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains.”

 

Plus, combining a healthy diet with regular exercise is more likely to save you money in the long run due to fewer health issues associated with poor food intake.

 

“Unhealthy food is easier.”

 

This is one where you’ll need to summon a little willpower. Food prep can’t get much easier than peeling a banana. Unhealthy foods seem easier because over the years, you’ve probably developed a habit of reaching for them instead of other options. Look at the variety of foods available, and ask yourself if a fresh-food option would really be more difficult to eat.

 

“Certain foods make me happy.”

 

The trick here is to ask yourself what it is about these foods that makes you happy. Is it the taste? Do they inspire memories of good times? Once you know why certain foods elicit happy emotions, you can find other activities to fill the gap after you’ve eliminated them from your diet.

 

Once you’ve established why you crave certain foods, you can change your mindset.

 

1. Don’t snack mindlessly.
Eating while browsing the internet, watching TV or working can lead to dissatisfaction. At meals, no matter what you’re eating, tune out distractions and focus on tasting the complex flavors in front of you.

 

2. Slow down.
It’s so easy to rush through a meal when you’re hungry but doing so means you’re not able to fully enjoy it. One trick to help you slow down your meal is to drink more of your beverage. Every few bites, set down your fork or lean back from your plate and enjoy a refreshing drink. Water provides a great way to cleanse your palate so your taste buds do not get bored.

 

3. Find another stress outlet.
If you’re eating certain foods as a way to feel better, you need to replace that entire activity with something else. Finding someone to talk to might be enough. Some enjoy activities such as using adult coloring books, exercising or journaling.

 

If you’re reaching for certain foods because you want them to help you feel better, you have to recognize that the feeling will be short-lived.
Retraining your brain to associate fresh and healthy foods with positive emotions will take time. You didn’t just wake up one day loving sugary or fatty foods – you learned to love them as you aged.
Start with small changes first – like adding an orange to your usual breakfast – and if you stick to it, you’ll become the co-worker that goes for the salad.

How employees taking lunch benefits your organization

Designer Creative - Thursday, March 29, 2018

 

When growing a business, employee turnover rates and productivity levels are major concerns. As you look for ways to retain employees and increase efficiency, you may be overlooking a simple solution: lunch.

 

On-site breakrooms with a variety of food options promote a strong company culture. Here is how regular lunch breaks produce better employees:

 

 

Workers accomplish more.

 

A full day of work takes a toll both physically and mentally. Toward the end of the day, energy levels drop and productivity wanes.

 

An early afternoon break allows the brain and body to rest for a bit, and a healthy meal provides nutrients to keep employees alert and focused throughout the afternoon. The Staples Advantage Workplace Index reports that 76 percent of employers and workers recognize an increase in productivity following a break. Employees return to their jobs energized and ready to face the afternoon’s tasks.

 

Workers are happier.

 

Lunch breaks allow employees to unwind and relieve stress. Getting away from a to-do list lets the mind refocus, so projects don’t seem so daunting. This is especially true if workers dine with friends, discussing ideas and sharing laughs.

 

Decreased stress leads to higher job satisfaction, improved loyalty and an overall stronger team. As an added bonus, happy workers are 12 percent more productive, according to a University of Warwick study.

 

Providing an on-site dining solution gives your employees a convenient location to take lunch without having to face crowded parking lots or long drive-thru lines. Find out how Burch Food Services can create customized dining options for your organization. Schedule a Micro-Market demo today.

 

3 foods that can improve your health

Designer Creative - Thursday, May 18, 2017

Healthy Foods

 

Eating healthy isn’t always easy, and it’s especially tough if you find yourself in a rut of eating the same foods over and over. Ever experienced salad burn-out? But there are a lot of great, healthy options out there. Just look in your Burch break room for inspiration:

 


 

MANDARIN ORANGES 

While small, they are nutrient-packed are a perfect add-on to your meal or a quick snack.  They help in building your immune system, are great for your hair and skin health, and have been known to help reduce blood pressure and fight cholesterol. 

 


NUTS

Nuts such as almonds contain lots of healthy fats as well as fiber and protein. They also have a good dose of vitamin D, and can even help promote weight loss.

 

 


BANANAS

Offering up a large dose of potassium, bananas not only fill you up, but can have a positive affect on blood pressure. They can also reduce your risk of stroke or heart attack, and provide a boost to your bones and kidneys as well.

Interested in exploring more healthy food options? Check out your nearest Burch break room or explore our Micro-Market options: http://www.burchfood.com/micro-markets.html


 

Final matchup: Turkey vs. Chicken

Designer Creative - Thursday, February 09, 2017

 

 

Most of us have heard the slogan “Beef – It’s what’s for dinner.” However, a majority of Americans choose poultry over beef for their main source of meat* – and for good reason. With less cholesterol and saturated fat, poultry is healthier than red meat. But with more than one poultry option, it can be hard to narrow down which type will best help you achieve health goals. The chart below should make your choice easier by offering a direct side-by-side comparison of turkey and chicken for seven nutritional categories.

 

Turkey

When it comes to calories and fat, turkey is the clear winner over chicken. A three-ounce serving of boneless, skinless turkey breast contains fewer calories than a chicken breast of the same size. In terms of overall fat and saturated fat, turkey also defeats chicken by having fewer grams of both. And it’s delicious, especially in the smoked turkey and Swiss sandwich on a ciabatta bun, available in your Burch breakroom.

 

Chicken

Although it contains more fat and calories, chicken offers several health benefits, such as a higher level of protein compared to turkey. It also has more Omega-3 and Omega-6 to help support brain function and heart health. Finally, chicken contains less sodium, a known contributor to heart disease.**

 

If you’re focused on heart health, chicken is a better choice over turkey. And you don’t have to sacrifice taste for more nutrition with Burch breakroom’s spicy chicken sandwich.

Even though chicken and turkey have different advantages, they are both good protein choices. Each contains vitamins and minerals that help prevent bone loss, promote muscle growth and keep your metabolism working. To see how we can bring turkey and chicken options to your breakroom, request a demo today.

 

*Huffington Post

**Essentia

 

4 reasons to take time for breakfast

Designer Creative - Thursday, February 09, 2017

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” So said a 1917 article in Good Health magazine. As it turns out, the editor of the magazine was Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, co-inventor of Corn Flakes. Even though Dr. Kellogg had financial motives to popularize that statement, he was correct – and modern science backs him up: Eating breakfast daily has lasting health benefits. Here are a few of them:

 

Type 2 diabetes

Fluctuating or consistently high glucose levels can lead to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. If you skip breakfast, your glucose levels stay low throughout the morning then become too high after lunch. Eating within two hours of waking boosts your glucose level early in the day, which means it fluctuates less for the rest of the day, lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes.

 

Alertness

According to recent studies, stable glucose levels that come from a healthy breakfast result in a greater level of alertness. Over time, this enhances memory, attention, reasoning and creativity throughout your entire day, making you more efficient.

 

Activity level

Foods with complex carbohydrates, such as vegetables and nuts, break down over time. This means sugar and nutrients will be released into your system slowly throughout the morning, giving you a steady boost of energy. This boost makes you more productive early in the day and results in more activity for the rest of the day.

 

Weight control

While trying to achieve weight goals, it may seem like skipping meals in the morning would help you lose weight. However, canceling breakfast has the opposite effect. When you eat breakfast, you generally do not feel as hungry at lunch and dinner, which means you eat less throughout the day. Combined with an increased activity level, this helps you maintain a healthy weight or even lose weight, which also results in a reduced risk of heart disease.

 

Although skipping breakfast is a temptation on busy mornings, breakfast is actually an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Try foods like breakfast bars, fruit, eggs, yogurt and other items that can be found in your Burch breakroom. Learn more about everything we have to offer:  http://www.burchfood.com/micro-markets.html
 

 

The Benefits of On-Site Solutions

Designer Creative - Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Five ways keeping your workforce on-site helps improve your business.

 

 

Businesses of all sizes are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve efficiency, boost the bottom line and keep employee morale high. A good place to start? Your breakroom. Providing a quality food service experience has been proven to impact business success. Here’s how:

 

 

1.)Increased Productivity

Employees take less time than eating off-site, hold meetings and exchange ideas during onsite meals.

 

 

2.) Recruitment & Retention Benefits

Quality food service is an amenity; studies have shown it can directly contribute to workforce job satisfaction. In addition, it offers employees a wide variety of food at a better value than outside competition.

 

 

3.) Enhanced Employee Camaraderie & Morale

Provides a place for the workforce to socialize, building a rapport and sense of team.

 

 

4.) Multi-Functional Space

Breakroom facilities can serve as a communications center for organization-wide activities, showcasing new initiatives and programs, hosting celebrations and more.

 

 

5.) Health & Wellness

Allows organizations to promote healthy food choices and bolster internal wellness initiatives, which can lower healthcare costs and lost time from illness.

 

Want to learn more? Find out how solutions like Micro-Markets from Burch Food Services can benefit your business: http://bit.ly/2kQ6jYZ