Consider this your hall pass.

By Amanda Chan
March 10, 2016

When was the last time you took a real lunch break? You know, one where you got up from your desk and sat somewhere else; where you weren’t using your left hand to eat your sandwich and your right hand on the mouse to finish up that spreadsheet; where you actually savored every bite of your food, instead of shoving forkfuls of salad into your mouth while staring at a computer screen.

Only about one in five North American workers takes a real lunch break, research shows. And while doing so may seem like a luxury in today’s work environment, nutrition and workplace productivity experts say it’s actually more of a necessity, particularly when it comes to your health and career performance. Here’s why:

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