Healthy food and mind

One of the main duties of an office administrator is to create and maintain an awesome atmosphere. (To keep the office weather sunny and warm!). Here are a few tips that can help to make it happen.

Don’t worry, be happy

First of all, if you are an office administrator, your duty above all is to be in harmony and to be happy. You are the one in charge of the weather in the office. If you are in a bad mood, it is probably going to influence your co-workers. Ideally, you should go run in the morning to boost your energy, eat healthy and practice a hobby you like. But this is just common advice, the happiness cocktail is unique for each person. Happiness is something you need to work on everyday. But it can also be easily achieved if you enjoy the nice little things life gives you!

Here comes the sun

Another criteria that is very important is the lighting in the office. When you are sitting in a dark room the whole day you don’t feel like working. Or doing anything at all. If there is not much day light, try putting some powerful light bulbs to make your office rooms look brighter.

How do I choose the right light bulbs?

The two indicators that should be taken into account are the Color Rendering Index (CRI) and the Color Temperature. The CRI is a measure of the bulb’s ability to reproduce the colors of an object in comparison to the colors observed in natural light. This ability is measured with an index rating ranging from 0 to 100, where the value 100 corresponds to the color rendering of sunlight. A bulb with a minimum of 90 CRI is thought to adequately reproduce sunlight.

The Color Temperature is another quantitative measure indicating the type of spectrum. For the solar spectrum the temperature is T = 5800K and a bulb of 5500K is thought to be an excellent full spectrum light bulb.

We’re an awesome team!

There is of course the communication part which is one of the most important.

Just after the need of hunger and security, (no chances of a tiger killing someone in the office, so we’re good there!), Maslow’s pyramid talks about the need of belonging. Everybody needs to feel that they belong somewhere. As people spend about 70% of their time at work, social life is mostly there.

You need to create a friendly atmosphere, almost kind of a homie feel for everyone. Each person has his own role in a social group; it makes him feel accomplished in the social sphere. Someone is a leader, someone is calming down everyone during a crisis, someone is a follower and so on. Lunch, an after work drink, an event catering, maybe a week-end somewhere with the whole office can help to create this feeling. If people gather together and communicate, they will slowly develop the belonging feeling we are talking about. And this feeling is one of the keys to success and happy workers in a company.

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Like the first step of Maslow’s pyramid says, food is the first need of a human being. So, a good office catering lunch is one of the keys to make everybody happy every single day! In order to provide amazing catering you can collect opinions on what to order among your co-workers, so that you can better understand what they actually like!

And unless you have the Jedi power of telepathy it is very hard to know if your friends, bosses and colleagues liked the catering you ordered for lunch or not. To avoid the situation where you are furious because someone else is now in charge of ordering catering maybe you should start collecting the feedback! “But hooow?” you are asking. Don’t panic, let’s see what are your options:

Reach out directly

If you are super duper friendly and sociable, you can go and directly ask everyone what they thought about the lunch. It might sound very obvious but it can actually work. People might confess and tell you in a super polite way that “the salad was not that fresh and there was not that much sauce in it…”

But, if you ordered catering for 200 people it might take a while to talk to all of them… OK, what else?

E-mail them

The second, very timesaving, option is sending e-mailing. In marketing there is a notion called “email marketing” (true story) and it is exactly what can help you. Send an email to everyone who might have an opinion on the lunch/dinner/brunch/breakfast/whatever and ask for their feedback! Try to write something they will feel happy to answer though. Something sweet and funny like:

“In order to make all of you happier everyday, I’m asking for your feedback about the lunch. So, was it extremely and incredibly delicious or is there something you would change if you were the one ordering?”

Survey

The problem with an e-mail is that if they don’t have much time they will not answer you. The other little problem is that even if they answer, 100 long answers will take a while for you to read. And after, you need to make a small brief of the main issues and solutions, which could take while too.

So, if there are too many people and you want to be more effective, a surveymonkey might be your solution. Create questions that seem the most effective, keep it short, start with open-ended questions and maybe add something like “We also think that…” at the end for any other comments people might have.

Feedback box

The last solution is the famous feedback box! In our opinion, since it is something physical and not digitalized, it is much more personal and nicer. But at MobyDish we recommend only using it during a special event or dinner because if it is a corporate lunch, everyone is hurrying to go back to work so they might not even see the box. Thus, if it’s a special event or dinner, no one is in a rush, they will appreciate the box and gladly help you to make your catering even better next time (if it is not already perfect!).

Protect mental health of your co-workers through a healthy diet!

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Food is extremely important as I said, and the opportunity to order catering gives you also the option of ordering something healthy or not. It is important to remember though that you can not only eat healthy food as well. Our body needs also some unhealthy food from time to time (and our good mood needs it as well :))! So, here is some advice about healthy food catering:

Calories

A grownup person needs an average of 1800 calories per day and 1200 if you want to lose weight. So, there should be three big meals of 400 calories for example, and two small snacks between them of 200 calories for example. The good side of this method is that you can eat whatever you want. The bad point is that you always need to count. There are few apps that count the amount of calories in your meal, for example Lose it!, Myfitnesspal or Fooducate.

I <3 Fruits & Vegetables

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Avoid refined and high sugar foods. A very simple thing that you hear a lot in your life is: eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. As simple as it gets, when you look for food catering, look for a salad or at least a dish with vegetables. It is extremely easy to do. Salads also gives a freshness feel, it helps to feel yourself light and dynamic! And instead of taking huge slices of cake, take a fruit salad 🙂 It will give you the same light & fresh feel! And your body will say thank you for this.

Soda

Another very easy way of healthy nutrition is stop drinking beverages like coke, sprite and so on. Change your soda drinking habit! If you look at the number of calories and knew how much coloring are used in some sodas you would be horrified! It’s like opening your highlighter and drinking it. It’s better to drink plenty of water! People needs at least 2L of water per day!

Catering O’Clock

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Eat regularly during the day. It is also very important to eat at the same time everyday. A body gets used to the time and then it is already ready (wow, what a word play!) and waiting for the food. Which means, the food is digested better and you will not feel hungry 5 min after you ate!

Your meal should be very big in the morning and then smaller and smaller. Dinner should be very light. As you are going to sleep soon, your body should sleep without worrying that it still has to digest something!

Eat less salt

Adults at no more than 6 g per day and children even less. A high salt intake is associated with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure which puts you at a greater risk of developing stroke or heart disease. Most of our salt intake comes from processed foods rather than salt added during cooking or at the table, so always check food labels for the salt content!

When comparing foods, a high salt content is more than 1.5g salt per 100g (or 0.6g sodium). Low is 0.3g salt or less per 100g (or 0.1g sodium). Try using extra herbs, spices, citrus juices (lemon and lime), mustard or vinegar to flavour foods so you can use less salt in your recipes.

Don’t skip breakfast

A healthy breakfast can provide fibre, calories, vitamins and minerals important for health. Choose wholegrain cereals, porridge or wholemeal toast with fruit for a healthy start to the day.

Eat more fish

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Aim for at least two portions per week and one of these should be oily.

If you drink alcohol, keep within the recommended limits. Alcohol contains an extremely huge amount of sugar and it ruins your liver

Reaaally super healthy food tips:

– Eat Oily fish (omega-3) or a supplement.
– Avoid saturated fats & hydrogenated vegetable oil
– Eat protein with every meal
– Eat whole grain food : bread, pasta, brown rice.
– Eat a wide variety of foods

But as said previously remember that it is important to eat all types of food. So hamburgers and pizza are welcome but with moderation! It should one/two pizza a week and vegetables&fruits during the week!

Basically, healthy eating is when you eat a variety of foods that give you the nutriments you need to keep your body healthy. Instead of eating Pizza or Burger King (all the time), try getting chicken with salad. Keep your snack drawer stocked with snacks like nuts, oatmeal, granola bars, tuna and so on.

You know everything about healthy food now!

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