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Ticket Restaurant: A mindful approach to lunch fuels workplace creativity and productivity

September 13, 2023

We’ve all been there – we’re swamped at work, we hold off on lunch too long, and suddenly we’re hungry and you turn to food options that are quick and easy to get.

There’s a healthier, more energizing approach to lunch. One that fuels your day instead of leading to a post-lunch slump.

Have you ever heard of something called mindful eating?

What is it? Mindful eating is a simple yet powerful approach to food that encourages being fully present and intentional. In layman’s terms, taking the time you need to choose and eat your food – instead of rushing when already hungry.

How to be mindful? The first way to be a mindful eater is to take your lunch break. Sixty-two percent of professionals say they eat at their desk. You probably do too. Here’s how to make a change: Plan where you want to eat a week ahead, pick places that are the best for you as it relates to nutrition, and then leave your desk, eat outside, or eat at the restaurant. You deserve this break, and your mind needs time to reset.

How does this benefit me? If distracted eating can lead to anxiety and unwanted weight gain. Mindful eating can lead to healthier food choices, less stress, being happier about your food, and even increased body satisfaction (put simply, you tend to like your body better and feel prouder of yourself when you eat more fruits and veg versus 3 slices of cold, leftover pizza).

And we all know, when we are less stressed and eat better, our body can remain strong against illness – which may mean you can avoid seasonal colds and help prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Ticket Restaurant can help you eat mindfully

Edenred can help you gain access to better lunch choices on your journey to eat more intentionally with Ticket Restaurant.

What is Ticket Restaurant? It’s a weekly, daily, or monthly stipend, provided by your employer, that helps you pay for your meals while you’re working. If you’re on the clock, you can use the funds to pay for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

How does it work? First, we send you a prepaid card that is pre-loaded with your funds. Then you simply swipe your card at your favorite restaurant, eatery, food truck, or grocery store. And if it’s really one of those days you can’t leave the office, use your Ticket Restaurant Funds to order through your favorite food delivery app. Wondering how much money you have left for lunch? Just log into the Edenred mobile app and check your balance.

Why is it beneficial? It helps you make mindful eating choices easy, and because it’s a benefit provided by your employer, it keeps your hard earned funds in your wallet.

Using Ticket Restaurant to attract and retain top talent

Offering a benefit like Ticket Restaurant is a great way to show you care about your employees’ health and well-being. If you’re seeking an effective strategy to attract and retain top talent, reduce turnover, and cultivate a positive workplace culture, we can help add meal benefits.

Schedule a meeting with us today to learn more.

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