Sometimes, being a good leader and building a happy culture is as simple as eating lunch. And yet, so many of us don’t do it.
Maybe you skip meals, eat a boxed lunch in a meeting or grab a quick bite (or chug Soylent) in the car or as you run to the next meeting. What you might not realize is that this habit of rushing through lunch can impact your health as well as your leadership.
Let’s talk about the health stuff first.
What happens to your body when you skip a meal?
When you don’t fuel up properly, your blood sugar drops, which affects your ability to think straight. Your brain uses glucose to run efficiently, and if there is not enough glucose for the brain to use, your body won’t function at 100%. Low blood sugar also causes you to feel tired, irritable and confused – “hangry.”
Second, the body begins to increase production of cortisol, leaving you stressed. You may also notice that you are craving carbohydrates. In addition, skipping meals can cause weight gain as your metabolism slows down. When you don’t eat enough, or if you go a long time without eating, your body goes into survival mode. This causes you to eat more at your next meal than you might have otherwise (think standing in front of the fridge eating everything you can get your hands on), as your cells crave food. When this happens, we often go for unhealthy foods. All attempts at eating healthy go out the door.