How to protect your health at work in a restaurant

Being healthy, either physically or mentally, is a difficult and demanding task for restaurant employees. For this reason it is always necessary to make healthy choices, adopting the right lifestyle.

Making healthy choices is convenient for everyone, especially for those who do heavy work such as chefs cooking in restaurants or other industry activities.

Often , overeating, insomnia, the abuse of especially chemical substances, and simply destructive life choices are all too commoni in  a topic in kitchens. Addressing this problem is crucial early , especially with today’s millennial generation that has been growned by receiving electrical and typically passive stimuli.

Our advice is simple: make the right choices. You can take two opposite directions in this area, which leads to extremely different results.


Let’s start with food: we often see young employees who bring along a large pack of energy drinks, thinking that those ones  can help them forget the whole working day. As athletes know well, however, this is certainly not the type of boost that helps you survive from a  busy day of physical activity as is the work inside a restaurant kitchen. By drinking lots of water and making the right healthy choices, the results will be seen.

Another problem concern is  the use of alcohol. Often, the temptation to have a drink or two, with their colleagues, after a difficult night. This is especially true for younger employees, who are trying to integrate themselves into the group. Rather, after spending the last 16 hours discussing and perhaps arguing with their colleagues, it is better to turn back  the invitation and to go for something constructive to get distracted, and to come back after a while.

 

Like any other life commitment, it is necessary to start with small steps. It is not necessary to spend the half of the day in a kitchen and the other half to climb mountains or run a marathon. Better to enroll in Pilates or relaxing yoga classes; go to the gym and run on the treadmill or lost  some weight. All this to balance an otherwise too hectic life. In fact, even small healthy choices are enough, such as parking away from the entrance and then be able to walk to the place of work, or take the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Over time, these types of decisions will be completely repaid, creating the basis for being able to take more demanding ones.

Of course, diet is also a choice to take  consciously. A study was done a couple of years ago, during which some chefs were followed inside the kitchen, checking everything they tasted. The study found that cooks consume 3,500 to 4,000 calories every day only during the tasting work. This is a necessary part of the profession of cook, so there is no way to avoid it, but when it comes time to choose your daily meals, it is always good to remember. There is a real danger of accumulating pounds on the body .

Habits are formed in the initial phase of one’s life, and tend to be followed for the rest of the it. This includes sleeping, so some chefs tend to rely on different medications to overcome insomnia and other stress. Once this spiral begins, it is difficult to go back. Making the right healthy choices outside the kitchen can ensure that these problems will never start.