The positive impacts of a Queal diet on time-management and stress.
January 4th 2019
Although there simply are and always will be 24 hours in a day, time became way more valuable in the past decennia. Especially in individualistic cultures, like those in Western Europe and the US, a “time-is-money-mindset” is greatly cultivated, resulting in people wanting to spend their time more efficiently. While - actually - working hours decreased, we feel like having to spend those hours in the “best” way, resulting in pressure, stress and anxiety.
Not a surprise, you might think. Still, with all negative (health) effects coming with being too busy and feeling stressed, we felt like telling you a bit more about how consuming Queal might help you out.
Why we think it's important.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to spend our time in the most efficient way, as long as it does not cause exactly the feelings you’re trying to avoid. When it comes to planning and organizing your life in general, using all kinds of different apps or offline tools have shown to be helpful, but only for a while. Once we get better at planning, we tend to gradually involve more work into our daily lives and as a result, we lose focus and get stressed again.
And this stress we’re talking about, an often occurring result of our busy society has many negative effects on both our mental and physical health. Not only can stress hormones result in physical complaints such as headaches, rapid breathing, heartburn, a pounding heart, and high blood pressure. Severe and/or prolonged exposure to stress can lead to developing a burn-out, depression, insomnia, an anxiety disorder, and so on.
Another side-effect of living a life that’s too busy c.q. experiencing stress can be an inadequate nutritional intake, which on its own can lead to a range of different physical and mental problems too.
Why it's important for you.
If we take a closer look at the relationship between food and stress, but also between food and fighting stress, there’s something weird going on. On the one hand, studies show that those in a state of mental or emotional strain or tension, are more likely to choose comfort “junk” food over eating (or drinking) something that has high nutritional value. While - on the other hand - those who eat a healthy and balanced diet are more likely to fight those feelings.
It is a real hate-love relationship. And not only people who are stressed make poor food choices, also people generally living in a hurry often have unhealthy eating habits. And if we take a look at the quick and (kind of) affordable meal options normally available on train stations or at office space cafeterias, it’s no wonder that you’re picking the junk over the salad.
So… taking this all into consideration, it’s safe to say that stress-levels are something that should be taken very seriously and that whenever you feel like having too much on your plate (either figuratively or literally), it’s important to set priorities. Still, also when you’re not too stressed (yet) it can be a real win to “train” a healthier eating behaviour, as remaining in good health is super important.
On top of that, setting priorities and eliminating choices in a more general kind of way - to be able to spend more time on that what really matters - is an often underrated but very useful tool in fighting stress. Some of the most powerful people in the world are known to have limited their everyday choices, like what to wear of what to eat, so that they can focus more on other - important - decisions to make.
What we have accomplished so far.
So with stress and anxiety often leading to an inadequate nutritional intake on the one side, and the powers of a healthy and balanced diet, while fighting it, on the other hand, we felt like fixing the problem on both fronts.
As we found that no real cheap, quick and nutritionally valuable meals were available so far, we wanted to create products that fitted this gaps: offering products that both save you time and make sure you won’t miss out on any of the essential macro- and micronutrients. All so that you can get the most out of your day, both energy-wise, as a proper form of nutrition and time-wise, as one less thing to worry about.
According to a report by the market research company GFK, the average preparation time (minus the consumption time) of a meal is 18 minutes. Those of an average Queal meal, for example, a Steady shake, is 2 minutes. Quite the difference right?