physical health

Written By: DiveThru Team

Reviewed By: Natalie Asayag MSW, LCSW


3 Reasons Why You Should Never Skip Lunch Time at Work

PUBLISHED Feb 24th, 2021 & UPDATED ON Jan 25th, 2023

There are lots of reasons why we might feel the need to skip lunch time during our work days. Maybe it’s rushing to complete a deadline, or not wanting to disrupt the workflow you’ve got going on. You might even convince yourself that you’re actually not THAT hungry.  It’s perfectly fine to just wait until dinner time. We’ve all done it. After all, you’re just being productive, right? 

Buuut this sorta flawed thinking can be SUPER counter-productive. Skipping lunch has negative impacts on both our physical and mental health, especially if you tend to do it pretty often. And when you’re not feeling your best, it can have some serious consequences for your work day! Here are some reasons you should never (ever ever ever) skip lunch at work.

1. You Deserve to Take a Break

Look, we don’t doubt how hard you work. Whether you’re on your feet all day or sitting at a desk, work is work! Everyone (we repeat: EVERYONE) deserves to take a lunch break at some point during the day. It doesn’t matter how busy you are, how hectic the day has gotten or how much left is on the to-do list. Your body and mind deserve time to step away, de-stress and be nourished with a balanced meal. So enjoy lunch time! We’re not taking no for an answer.

2. Your Body and Mind Need Fuel

Guess what happens when we feel hungry for too long. We get hangry! Really though, think about the last time you felt super hangry. You were probably sluggish, cranky and had a hard time focusing, right? Maybe you even felt a lil’ woozy. Not exactly what you want when you’re trying to work. This is why we don’t skip lunch! 

It’s a LOT harder to function when you’re running on empty. Did you know your brain uses 20 percent of your body’s energy everyday? That’s a whole lot of energy which requires — you guessed it — food. Say it with us…FOOD IS FUEL!

It’s okay. Your work will be waiting for you when you get back. Plus, you’ll come back to it feeling more productive and alert! You CAN burn through that to-do list, but only after you get some nutrition in you. 

3. It Might Become a Bad Habit

Skipping lunch can be a tough habit to break. If you usually skip it, you might train your mind to think it’s not hungry around lunchtime (even though your body still needs that nutrition to thrive!). Then you just get caught in this vicious cycle of missing an important meal, feeling like garbage and struggling to get through the rest of the work day. 

This isn’t the kinda routine you want for yourself Monday through Friday. Eating balanced meals everyday is a must, including a nutritious lunch that will keep you going until it’s time to clock out. (Do people still say clock out?)

So we’ve convinced you to not skip lunch at work. But maybe part of the problem isn’t that you don’t want to take lunch… it’s that you don’t know how to plan your lunch. You’re super busy, aren’t you?! We get that. Meal planning can be tricky and figuring out what you wanna pack for lunch can be such a hassle.

How to Simplify Lunch Time

We know you’ve got a lot on your plate…but we want something on your ACTUAL plate when it comes to meal time. Cooking lunch from scratch can take too long, and so does trying to figure out what to eat on-the-go. What’s a pal to do?! ***rummaging around for our sidekick cape***

We’ve got the solution! Evive Nutrition makes smoothies that are the absolute bomb, whether you want a fruity snack or a quick lunch! They’re nutritious and tasty, but the best of all? They’re blender-free. You read that right — no appliances required, baby! 

Evive Nutrition’s smoothies come in triangles that you simply shake up and drink up, making them a super easy option no matter where you work. They’re made with organic fruits and veggies, and contain plant-based protein. So you’re sure to get all of those nutrients to keep you going throughout the day. 

Prep-time? Next to nothing. Clean up time? Also a non-issue. Nutritional value? It’s all there! Plus, we’ve partnered up with Evive Nutrition and got you a super awesome code, divethru10, that will take $10 off your first order! (USA & Canada only)

We hope this convinced you to never even THINK of skipping lunch at work again! Remember — your mind and body deserve proper nourishment, friend. You work hard. So treat yourself with care!

*This article is sponsored by Evive Nutrition Inc.


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