Nutrition Spotlight: Lunchtime Survey/Infographic
In 2012, Sumo Salad, a salad and soup chain in Australia conducted a survey into the lunchtime habits of Australians – the SumoSalad National Lunchtime Habits Survey. They found that the majority of those interviewed don’t think lunch is important and tend to make less than ideal decisions regarding their lunches.
Lunchtime Survey Key Statistics
Here are some key stats from the survey:
- 46% of Australians named convenience and value for money as being the main decision driver for their lunch. Only 31% named health and nutrition as the main factor behind their lunch choice.
- 86% of those surveyed believe breakfast and dinner are more important than lunch.
- 79% of people take half an hour at most for lunch during the working week.
- 46% of the surveyed group skip lunch at least once per week.
- 36% of Australians eat ‘healthy’ lunches two to three times a week and
- 38% of the 1006 participants surveyed eat lunch at their work desk
I don’t know about you, but there’s no way I could go without eating lunch. I eat 6 or 7 small meals throughout the day, but ‘lunch’ is still super important and provides my body and brain with the fuel it needs to get through the afternoon. If I haven’t prepared a meal at home (frozen or fresh), I usually go for choices such as fresh sandwiches, custom “design your own” salads, soups or fresh stir fry.
- First and foremost. Eat lunch. No matter what. You need to keep your blood sugar levels consistent, your metabolism active and your body functioning right. It’s just as important as breakfast and dinner.
- Take time away from your desk. Even if it’s only 15 or so minutes, it will make a world of difference to your concentration and mood during the afternoon.
- If you’re running low on time, look for quick but healthier options such as sushi, certain pre-made salads (go easy on the sauce – it’s usually full of hidden calories) or even a smoothie and a piece of fruit. Choosing options like fast food will only make you feel sluggish afterwards (hello, food coma!) and give your concentration levels a beating.
- Prepare your meals ahead of time. Make bulk lots of food on the weekend and portion it out. I like to freeze my meals and bring them to work in a cooler bag and put them in the fridge. By the time I need them, they are usually almost or completely defrosted and just need a reheat. Making your own food will save you loads of money and will deter you from making unhealthy food choices.
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