Lunch time experiment

In the early months of working at Emerson, I would time to time induge in a £3.50 spree to buy a full plate of lunch and pay an additional £1.50 for a dessert cup. I couldn’t really complain about the food because a hot meal on a cold day is pretty awesome. This would often lead to a group chat in the canteen on daily updates and a bit of banter amongst colleagues.

The aftermath of a heavy lunch would often result in a lethargic attitude towards the rest of the day. I would find myself yawning and while watching tedious online training I would doze off. Often, this hindered my progress and I would divert my attention to getting a cup of coffee to keep myself going throughout the day.

My experimental solution

The week starting 20.01.2020 till 24.01.2020, I devised an experiment to conclude the following results in my behaviour by establishing a control group.

Monday (20.01.2020) – I had a pre-packed lunch that consisted of falafel, vegetarian protein balls and baked vegetable fries of (beetroot, carrot and parsnep) and bowl of soup with bread

Tuesday (21.01.2020) – I had a pre-packed lunch that consisted of falafel, vegetarian protein balls and baked vegetable fries of (beetroot, carrot and parsnep) and bowl of soup with bread. Dessert – Keylime pie

Wednesday (22.01.2020) – Canteen food – a plateful that consisted of rice, noodles, and curry in courtesy of Chinese New year’s.

Thursday (23.01.2020) – I had a pre-packed lunch that consisted of falafel, vegetarian protein balls and baked vegetable fries of (beetroot, carrot and parsnep).

Friday (24.01.2020) – I had a pre-packed lunch that consisted of falafel, vegetarian protein balls and baked vegetable fries of (beetroot, carrot and parsnep) and a dessert cup.

During the course of first two days, there were incremental change in my behaviour, I did feel I needed to consume coffee to get myself going for the rest of the day. Wednesday, I was in shambles, yawning and not focused at all. I just wanted to sleep. The final two days – I had consumed a light lunches which evidently, improved my behaviour I saw changes in my mood, I didn’t rely on coffee much to keep myself engaged in the day to day activity.

In conclusion, my post lunch energy levels have improved, I intent to carry on this experiment next week to provide a conclusive result. My Lunch routine is now a light lunch with copious amount water that’s an exaggeration, to say the least. I highly recommend giving this a shot and trying out a controlled experiment to see the results for yourself.

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Abhishek View All →

I am a writer and a graduate engineer working in Leicester, UK.

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