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Living large on your lunch break

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Updated: June 12, 2014 10:49AM

If you're among the many overachievers tempted to eat lunch in your cubicle, it's time to think again. While it may not be possible to make delicious departures from the office every day, here are three of the many benefits to taking a break from the cafeteria.

Soaking up sunshine

A quick jaunt to a favorite local haunt provides not only a revitalizing break but also an opportunity to get your daily dose of vitamin D. With the Mayo Clinic recommending at least 10 minutes of sun exposure daily to reach recommended levels, stepping outside the office provides the perfect chance to reach your daily quota. Medical benefits aside, however, breathing fresh air and getting a sunny glow are two enjoyable plusses.

Working smarter

Logging long hours without time to recharge is not always the best path to efficiency. Workplace productivity consultants at The Energy Project argue that taking a proper lunch break enables employees to return to the office with more stamina in the afternoon. These experts also note that continuous work may do more harm than good, as weary workers tend to make more mistakes. Switching up your lunchtime routine can be a simple and tasty way to sweep out a few mental cobwebs.

Squeezing in a social life

With longer work hours and round-the-clock email, finding time to catch up with friends, family, and even coworkers can prove to be a challenge. Indulging in a delicious lunch is a simple way to make room in your schedule for loved ones. The Harvard Business Review also notes that a long lunch with coworkers can forge stronger relationships, meaning a team outing can be all work and all play.

Considering these benefits, planning your next lunchtime excursion should be a no-brainer. For delicious dining in a lively environment, explore Carnivale in the West Loop or call (312) 850-5005. With health salads, spicy Latin fusion plates, and refreshing cocktails, Carnivale is a versatile option for brightening up your midday meal.

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