Are You Having a Sad Desk Lunch?

Sad Desk Lunch (SDL) is a new term to describe the 65 percent of the workforce that eat lunch at their desks hoping to be more productive. (Prevention) Even though recent studies have shown that communal eating helps increase productivity and social bonding between employees many employees feel that skipping lunch shows they are more productive and dedicated to their work.

Here is the link to the Cornell summary which talkes about why groups that eat together perform better together. There are some downfalls to eating together but the positive aspects out way the negative. (Harvard Business Review.)

If you are self-employed or work in a small office where it isn’t possible to eat lunch with other people, there are several apps which will help you find people to share an afternoon meal.

The App LetsLunch taps into your Linkedin Profile to set up lunch meetings with people in your Linkedin network.

Lets Lunch App

or Never Eat Alone, which helps co-workers find each other for an internal lunch partner.


For a little bit of fun, watch these kids deal with lunches from past generations:

My favourite quote is “Thank you for the effort.”   Wouldn’t you love people to say that to you after you have created them a wonderful lunch or, have reached out to them to have lunch?



metabolic balancers Eat Rye Bread – Here is Why

Reasons to Eat Rye Bread:

  • Research has shown that out of the different bread types tested, sourdough bread demonstrated the lowest glucose and insulin responses after eating a meal.
  • Rye bread keeps you satiated longer than wheat.
  • Rye bread may reduce inflamation in people with Metabolic Syndrome.
  • Rye bread evokes a different metabolic profile than whole grain wheat.

Reference sources:

  • Rye Bread may prevent Gallstones.
  • May lower type 2 diabetes risk.
  • Promotes Gastrointestinal health.
  • Cardiovascular benefits for postmenopausal women.
  • Can ease menopausal symptoms.
  • Considered an anti-cancer food.

Now that you know how good rye is for you, how about trying this desert over Easter:

Apple Easter Treat Recipe


  • Apple sliced and unpeeled
  • cinnamon to taste
  • 1/4 cup rye oats
  • 2 tbs almond butter


  • Spread one side of sliced apple with almond butter and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Dip the apple slices into granola to cover the almond butter.
  • Bake the apples until the apples are soft.


Photo of Rye Bread

Current Research Related to Women’s Health Issues

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy is the way to go if you are suffering from hot flashes, says an article on NPR. The expert panel looked at all the different ways women were trying to deal with hot flashes and determined that more research needed to be done on herbal remedies.  At this time, they suggested using Cognitive behavioral therapy and clinical hypnosis.  The article pointed out that the experts did not suggest using yoga or acupuncture to relieve menopausal symptom.
  • Men and Women differ on how they experience disease and respond to treatments.  A Venus v. Mars situation it seems.  According to this article, current research has shown that women process pain in a different part of their brains and that women used different immune cells to treat pain even though medical treatment for both genders was the same.  How women’s bodies deal with medicine seems to be a new field of interest helping to highlight how women’s and men’s bodies interact differently when prescribed the same medicines for pain and depression.
  • Another research study published in the journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reported that women’s fertility increased when they exercised and improved their diets. Preconception weight loss and exercise improved women’s reproductive and metabolic health.
  • There is no cure for migraines but scientists have discovered potential biomarkers for migraines in the blood.  13 % of women in the US suffer from migraines. Approximately 14 million people in the US suffer from chronic headaches which has accounted for a yearly loss of 133 million work days and costs employers 13 billion US dollars.
  • Taking a nap will significantly impact rates of heart attack.
  • It seems that patients diagnosed with osteoporosis are not being treated for the disease.  According to this article, the Indiana University study found that men were less likely to receive treatment than women and patients with multiple chronic conditions would find their osteoporosis left untreated.   The study was one of the first comprehensive data study examining data from patients in urban, rural and different ethnic groups.  Research suggests that one in two women age 50 and older will break bones due to osteoporosis.
  • If you are a woman, higher insulin resistance can cause language problems.  One interesting comment by Dr. Ekblad is that the men from the risk group usually die earlier from heart disease so are no around to develop Alzheimers.  This study does not show cause and effect just correlation.  The study is a warning to younger adults who have insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes.  Dr. Ekblad states “It’s likely that simple lifestyle interventions such as physical exercise and a healthier diet will have a positive effect on cognitive skills and possibly even reduce the risk for dementia.”

Mindfulness Research – Being Mindful Will Help you Sleep and Maintain a Healthy Weight

On Monday I gave you a recipe for grilled chickpeas.  Research has shown that certain chemicals inside of chickpeas make you sleepy. Mindfulness also can help you sleep.

The American Mindfulness Research Association shared information about a recent study published in JAMA internal medicine. The sleep study focused on older adults who reported having issues falling or staying asleep. The adults were assigned to one of two groups.  The first group received 12 hours of group instruction on Mindfulness Awareness Practices for Daily Living (MAP) and were given at home assignments. In their 12 hours of instruction, they were shown how to sit, walk, move, eat and meditate.  The second group focused on sleep hygeine education (SHE). The participants in the second group were instructed on sleep self monitoring, relaxation techniques and sleep hygiene strategies.  The study showed that participants in the MAP group had significant improvements in their sleep, less fatigue and less depression. (Mindfulness also helps people who suffer from Insomnia.)

Other Mindfulness articles that are interesting:

Mindful women less likely to be obese.  I found this article very interesting.  Mindfulness helped women more than men.  Men tended to still be overweight even if they were mindful.

Newsweek article – personal story about mindfulness  – This is a personal story about someone who attended a mindfulness retreat and how their body chemistry changed in a very short time just by learning to be mindful.