Health & Wellbeing
Welcome to the Health & Wellbeing page, here we discuss how wellbeing plays an important role in the workplace, from the right food to fuel concentration to a lifestyle that keeps us feeling energised.
Wholegrain Goodness for Gut Health
We normally associate bacteria negatively in cases of poor hygiene or disease. When it comes to gut health the role of bacteria is very different, we actually need to feed it. The range of different bacteria in the gut is often referred to as your gut flora or microbiota and the key to keeping it healthy is fibre.
In the UK our recommended average intake of fibre is 30g per day however the average adult currently consumes around 18g so this is a great area for improvement. We can increase fibre in our diets through fruit, veg, beans, pulses, nuts and seeds but one of the main sources are wholegrain carbohydrates. Simply switching from white refined carbohydrates which are lower in fibre to foods like wholegrain bread, wholewheat pasta, porridge oats and brown rice are a great place to start. Other grains that are good for you include quinoa, freekeh and bulgur wheat.
We use wholewheat pasta and brown rice as standard in our offer and signpost wholegrains using Good Stuff counter cards which help our customers easily identify higher fibre choices. One favourite on our menus is the middle-eastern inspired tabbouleh recipe with bulgur wheat at its core, give it a try here.
Cholesterol and Fats
October is national cholesterol month which is a campaign by Heart UK. Cholesterol is a fatty substance that travels in the blood and there are two main types; HDL cholesterol, known as ‘good’ cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, known as ‘bad cholesterol.
Raised LDL cholesterol increases the risk of heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions. High cholesterol can often be managed and lowered through regular exercise, increasing fruit and veg intake and reducing saturated fats. Be sure to seek medical advice if you are concerned about your cholesterol.
We are mindful of fats in our menus and reduce saturated fat by using healthier cooking methods where possible, such as grilling or baking. Ingredient selection is key too; choosing reduced-fat diaries, unsaturated oils, limiting processed meat and introducing nuts and seeds where appropriate also help to improve the balance of fats.
For more information on types of fat and which oils are best to use in cooking check out our Nourished Life article here.
World Mental Health Day- 10th October
Many of our colleagues and customers alike will be returning to our reopened spaces in the next few months, and there’s never been a more important time to encourage conversations about mental health and create mentally healthy environments for our people.
With World Mental Health Day on the horizon, Mental Health UK is working with ITN Productions to produce a documentary raising the profile of mental health in the UK- from those severely affected by mental illness, to people whose mental health has worsened during the coronavirus crisis.
The film will shine a spotlight on the role of employers to create mentally healthy workplaces and practices for colleagues and consumers- something we’re sure will resonate and inspire you.
The film will be premiered online on 10th October. For more information and to get involved, visit the Mental Health UK website here.