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It’s Time For Your Lunch Break. Do Yourself a Favor and Take It!

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Illustration by John S.Dykes, http://www.jsdykes.com/

This post is a reminder, no matter what you do for a living, to TAKE A LUNCH BREAK. You deserve it.

People today work harder than ever. When it comes to taking a lunch break, many of us rush through it, or even skip it altogether. We eat quickly as we’re walking to our next appointment, or worse yet, we eat at our desks as we continue to work.

While it has become widespread culture for people to work straight through their lunch “hour”, it might be worth considering that taking the time to eat a leisurely-ish and healthy midday meal can make you more productive and focused. A proper break has the power to refresh, rejuvenate and revive you. Studies also show that it helps you handle stress better and recharges your brain from what they call “decision fatigue.”

The Take Back Your Lunch project was started a few years ago by Tony Schwartz, author of The Way We’re Working, and encouraged people to ditch their desks and and commit at least once a week to a lunch hour of renewal, not work.  At Schwartz’s company, The Energy Project, they did a poll and found out that 60% of respondents said they took 20 minutes or less every day for lunch. Almost 20% took less than 10 minutes, while one-quarter of the people said they didn’t leave their desks at all.

And then there are those who skip lunch altogether on a regular basis. What “skippers” don’t realize is that fatigue and burnout can slowly creep up on them.

These findings are consistent with a study by the American Dietetic Association, which found that 75% of office workers eat lunch at their desk at least 2 to 3 days a week. Dr. Chris Cunningham, professor of Occupational Health Psychology at University of Tennessee adds that it’s important to take it away from the desk because it gives your brain a chance to recover and then refocus.

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So there you have it, it’s better for your mental and physical health to 1. take a proper lunch break, and 2. eat somewhere other than your desk.

The reality however is that leaving your desk or workplace is often easier said than done. No matter where you take your break, there ARE ways to keep it healthy and make it more pleasant.  Here are a few of them:

  • Turn off the computer.
  • Have lunch with a friend or colleague. Studies show that connecting with people during the day can be energizing.
  • Bring a healthy meal in an recyclable container from home. Lunches like soups and salads are versatile, easy to digest, and help avoid sluggishness that can follow a heavy meal.
  • Instead of eating out of Tupperware and other plastic containers, transfer your food to a reusable plate or a nice-looking eco-friendly disposable plate or bowl.
  • If you can’t bring lunch from home, find a caterer or “lunch club” that delivers healthy meals to the office in biodegradable containers.  Even  better if they supply disposable takeout utensils. Ordering weekly saves you time.
  • Get some daylight and fresh air. They say one of the easiest ways to replenish is to interact with nature. Eat on a park bench. Maybe even squeeze in a short walk.

The good news is that according to the BBC, more employers are encouraging their workers to take REAL lunch breaks. So even if you can’t leave the office, you can still let people know you are…  “OUT TO LUNCH”!!

 

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How To Serve Cheese In Style

What’s not to love about cheese? Great source of calcium and protein, there are so many varieties to choose from that you can never get tired of eating cheese. After all, after a bad day cheese makes everything better, right?

canada-ambiance-cheeseEven though 90% of cheeses sold and consumed in America are classified as cheddar type cheese, you can still find plenty of delicious – and more original – cheeses everywhere. Brie, Blue cheese, Gouda, goat cheese… No wonder Americans love for cheese keeps increasing! A recent study reveals that the average cheese consumption in America went from 8 pounds a year back in 1970 to 23 pounds nowadays.

How come we eat so much cheese? It’s easy. Cheese is everywhere! On pizza, in burgers, on nachos and even in salads, it is really hard to stay away from cheese and we are not about to complain about it.

As Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin – a French lawyer and politician – said, “A dinner which ends without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye”, which takes me to an important point: if you are having a dinner party and simply having friends or family over, you want to serve cheese at the end of the meal, and you want to do it the French way.

What does it mean? Very simple. The cheese course is always served after the main course, before dessert or as a dessert. Serve different kind of cheeses on a platter or tray with some bread and let your guests try all of them and spread it on bread.

cheese-traysAnd if you want to be fashionable, look for the best Eco-friendly cheese display you can find. Wooden trays for instance are a great solution, as they are natural looking and 100% biodegradable. They make your cheeses look as good as they taste! If you are looking for a solution with a lid (yes, as much as we love cheese, the smell can be sometimes pretty strong) you also have plenty of choices such as samurai wood trays with lid or even recyclable plastic trays with lid.

You are now all ready to serve cheese in a fashionable way, French style! Enjoy!

Check out all of our great Eco-friendly products at www.bioandchic.com.

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Tips For An Eco-Friendly Kid’s Birthday Party

We are often talking about hosting Eco-friendly catering events, wedding receptions or other parties, but we sometimes forget that kids too can have Eco-friendly birthday parties, and it is up to the parents to make it happen!

The organization and advice will be different but the objective is the same: have lots of fun while being Eco-responsible and respecting the earth.

In order to have enough time to organize a great Eco-friendly party for your children, the first thing to keep in mind is to start planning at least 2 to 3 months in advance. The more flexibility you have, the easier it will be to go green. The time of the year will also be important: during summer time, try to host the festivities outside to avoid the use of air conditioning, when in the winter it is more appropriate to stay inside.

Let’s get started with some Eco-friendly tips. When sending invitations, the best is of course to use social media, phones or emails but especially if you are planning 2 months in advance, you might want your kid’s guests to have a written trace of the invitation. In that case, go for handwritten invitations using recycled or recyclable paper!

Now you have to think about decorations. Kids love a colorful party but keep in mind that the worse thing to do for the earth is to have balloons! Yes they are pretty but they pollute the environment and are dangerous for the wildlife. You can find better options that are a lot greener. A fabric tenant banner for instance! Instead of buying disposable plastic ones, why not make your own by using fabric?

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Remember that if you are planning the party ahead of time, it’s precisely so you can have time to do things like that in order to go green. Flowers are also great to decorate and what’s more Eco-friendly than flowers! And if you are still trying to add color to your kids party, you can simply get some very Eco-friendly paper straw. Not only kids love them but they are also very colorful and add a sparkling touch to the party.

gift-boxThe next thing you have to think about is gifts. If you want your birthday presents and favors to be green, you have to first make sure that they are made of sustainable or recyclable material. Then keep in mind that wrapping paper is useless and often non-recyclable so choose reusable wooden boxes that kids will be able to keep for instance. It looks better and is more Eco-friendly!

What about the food and drinks you are going to serve? Not only you should buy locally grown and organic products – it’s better for the kids and for the environment – but you should also be careful and avoid individual packs such as water bottles or individually wrapped candies. Water dispensers and big bags of organic candies are a much better option if you are trying to stay green.

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When it comes to tableware, we all know that kids are clumsy and reusable tableware are often not an option. Go for biodegradable or compostable tableware in order to save yourself some trouble while still being sustainable. And if you really want to be careful about your trash, think about using a few platters instead of plenty of plates and serve food that don’t need the use of plates! Bamboo platters, wooden trays, sugarcane tray or even palm leaf trays, you can choose from multiple possibilities.

Last but not least, don’t forget to recycle by the end of the day!

You are now ready to plan an Eco-friendly birthday party for your kid, go ahead and have fun!

Check out all of our Eco-friendly products at www.bioandchic.com

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