It’s not always easy to squeeze in a lunch break, but often it’s necessary – not only for your health, but for your sanity. The hour-long lunch may seem like something of the past, like phone cords and typewriters, but in today’s work culture, many are not taking lunch breaks at all. Fewer than 20% of American workers regularly step away for a meal, and 39% admit to eating at their desks.
The truth is, stopping to eat can actually make you much better at what you do. Lunch can boost performance because food literally fuels your brain, which does need a constant supply of energy to function optimally. The worst thing you can do for your midday mental performance is to skip lunch. However, the best thing you can do, it seems, is to eat a meal with a balance of carbs, protein and fat.