Better food at lunch: It’s just the beginning.

The finding that healthier food choices at work may impact food choices throughout the rest of the day presents a unique opportunity for the workplace to have a positive influence on not only the employee’s health but also the health of the employee’s family.
— Anne Thorndike, MD, MPH, vice chair of the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee and associate professor at Harvard Medical School

Last week, the American Heart Association and Aramark released the results of a lunch-related survey conducted by The Harris Poll. About 1000 people responded. Here are some tidbits:

  • 35% eat a less healthy lunch when the workday is extra stressful

  • 77% make healthier decisions at other times of the day if they eat a better lunch

  • 86% prepare work lunches at home at least some of the time

Interesting.

Here’s a Box Lunch Lifestyle enthusiast’s take on this data:

  • 35% of these people let stress be the boss of them

  • 77% know from experience that lunch choices impact the rest of the day

  • 86% of them already have one foot in the door for making real change happen

You already know this stuff. 100% of people living a Box Lunch Lifestyle are investing in themselves by planning ahead and eating the food that’s best no matter what stress the day brings. Good on you! Give yourself a little pat on the back and keep going. It matters!