Isn't January the worst? You've gotten a few weeks into the New Year, and all you want to do is eat your feelings while you browse travel sites for beach getaways that won't break the bank. Instead of all that, try focusing on the here and now (and, fine, work). This year, try mindful snacking at work instead of mindless eating. You'll be more productive (and avoid those neon orange Cheetos fingers, too).
In a work-obsessed culture, it can seem important to get the job done, and done quickly, even if it that often means putting deadlines ahead of health and happiness. If there's any free time, a concept that might seem strange to many working professionals, it's spent in assessing possible project areas to increase revenue and improve the profitability of the company. But just because corporate culture doesn't place a value on lunch breaks, doesn't mean that it's good for productivity to skip them. If taking lunch does not figure anywhere in your priority list, maybe it is time to take another look at your planner.
Chocolate has been linked to some of the "feel good" chemicals in our brains, so professional chocolate tasters and entrepreneurial chocolate consultants must be some of the happiest people on the planet. Their dentists must be getting rich, too.
Recently, several media outlets have claimed that raising fast-food workers' salaries would raise the price of a Big Mac by only 68 cents. This figure represented only a 17 percent rise in prices; if it sounds too good to be true, it is. However, other research shows that the actual effects of paying workers a living wage, while higher than 68 cents, are not as bad as corporations make out.
What happens when you give food nerds a little money and free range to cook for 100 people? We decided to cook 34lbs of vacuum-sealed eye of round for 30 hours in a 131oF water bath. The ~100 people in the office ate 30 pounds of beef, 30 pounds of potato salad, but only three pounds of salad. My kind of people.
Working families have the added task of feeding everybody at the end of the day. Frozen and microwaveable meals offer convenience, but are often lacking in both flavor and nutrition. Some of us have a taste for gourmet food, but we are busy, and can't necessarily eat in a high-end restaurant every evening. We shouldn't have to give up good food.