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You Feast With Your Eyes First.

847 567 Vita Burton-Davey, Working to be better each day


This is not just a throw away phrase but a truth based in reality for the body and the soul.

When one sees pictures in recipe books or on line, one salivates, the visual stimuli is enough to get digestion started without food even being present. How important, therefore, to take the time and trouble to make even the simplest meal a visual feast for oneself.

I often eat alone and almost always at lunchtimes but go to the trouble of setting a pleasing table whether for a lone lunch in the garden, or an evening meal with company. I consider colour, texture, smell and taste when buying food and when preparing a meal. The simple acts of caring for myself and pleasing myself bring their own rewards.

When one cares for oneself, how natural it then becomes to care for others. If you generally do the cooking in your house hold, you will recognise how important this care is. Setting good habits within the family, around appreciating food and the trouble the chef has gone to in preparing it, plays an important role in the enjoyment of eating. As do understanding and discussion about how food is produced, local produce and choosing future meals together or new recipes to try.


As Robert Carrier says ‘though we have so many meals-tens of thousands during our lifetime-these meals are numbered. Each slapdash one, each one that goes unappreciated, is lost forever.’ When one goes to the trouble of making each meal a visual feast, just for the pleasure and in order to recognise and appreciate what is about to be consumed, one feeds the soul on many levels. We often hear counsellors exhorting us to ‘love ourselves’, we have to ‘like who we are’ if we are to move on and grow. What better expression of love and care is there than to nurture oneself and ones family, through the food one prepares and eats. This special attention, given to a basic need, even to meet ones own needs, reinforces the fact of our individual worth.

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Recognising ones own worth is one of the first steps to reducing stress and moving towards a healthier work-life balance. Taking care to eat well and with pleasure facilitates a healthier balanced diet and better digestion. It takes so little time to make each meal a pleasure; the important thing is to develop the habit. I have found, as a busy working mum, that I often put my own needs last but with this one act of kindness towards myself, I have begun to act for my improved wellbeing and it has paid dividends. Someone has to care for the carer!

But mainly, taking the time to make each meal special has heightened my enjoyment and appreciation of the food on my plate.



Life Beyond Work – Nutrition

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Are you under pressure to work through lunch? Or eating out with clients at restaurants? Today’s era of end-to-end work, results in unhealthy lifestyles where poor nutrition and high stress combine to form unhealthy lawyers. If you find frequent sickness and exhaustion has become common or you find the weight piling on, you need to look at how you manage your day when it comes to food intake.
Each profession has its own set of pressures and lawyers are no exception. Privacy and personal space is limited, telephones ring all day, photocopying machines and printers cause stress. It all ends up into nothing like heaven at all. You are what you eat, and so having proper intake can significantly improve your performance, mental capacity and your stamina.

Top 10 Tips for eating more healthily at work.

  1. Make Breakfast your buddy: A proper breakfast is the key to a successful day. Even if you are one of those people who have no appetite in the morning before you leave, try arranging something in the early hours at work. Every office has a staff room with a microwave and fridge.
  2. 8 Glasses a day: Water is important, especially in centrally heated offices where you can get easily dehydrated. Always keep water on your desk as you work and drink regularly.
  3. Cut down on caffeine: Too much caffeine can cause nervousness and make you feel restless. If you love coffee, limit yourself to two cups a day. Herbal teas are a good alternative to coffee and help improve digestion and re-stock your vitamin supplies.
  4. Fruit is your friend: Every morning keep about 3 pieces of fruit on your desk. You’ll eventually eat them during the day. This will save you from the vending machine.
  5. Healthy Snacks: Substitute your crisps, sweets and chocolates with healthier alternatives. Try nuts instead, or dry fruit, rice crackers, whole wheat pita, oat biscuits and sesame bars. These will help you fill the hunger gaps while saving you from getting out of shape.
  6. Keep your eyes healthy: Exposure to bright light, like computer screens can lead to macular degeneration of the retina. If you work for long hours continuously on a computer, make it a habit to take off-screen breaks to rest your eyes. Increasing vitamin A and E intake is also necessary as these vitamins help keep vision sharp.
  7. Headaches to heartaches: Tension related headaches are very frequent in office jobs. Keep a small bottle of Lavender oil essentials to help soothe headaches. Soothing the soul can help keep your heart healthier too.
  8. Stay physically active: Neck and muscle pains are common if proper exercise isn’t done regularly. Make it a habit to do neck and shoulder stretches at intervals. Leave your desk for short walks after a couple of hours. Also reduce using lifts and escalators, use the stairs instead. Arrange a physical activity like gym, swimming or cycling during your break to kee your system in tune and ease mental stress. And when at the desk, sit in a correct position to reduce stress on muscles and bones.
  9. Easing Joint Pains: People who work long stretches at the desk risk inflaming their lower back tissues and joints. Constant typing can cause strain on your wrists resulting in swellings and pain. Fish oils come in very helpful in preventing joint pain. Vitamin A, C and E, and selenium foods are important in maintaining healthy joints. You can get these nutrients from fruits, vegetables, fresh nuts and olive oil. Cereals, eggs and fish oils are also rich in selenium.
  10. Lunches for lawyers: For many, client lunches are an inevitable way of life. Choose fish and salads as healthy alternatives, or homemade soups (without the bread). Sorbet’s, fruit platter or cheese boards are better dessert options.

Avoid falling into the trap of skipping lunch in exchange for a heavy dinner. Skipping lunch can make you eat an enormous dinner and you’ll end up eating more than your daily recommended allowance. It’s better to have a decent snack in the day time to help you have a balanced dinner. Make it a habit to leave some food in your plate. That way you will always be on a healthy intake pattern.