We spent our lunch break this past International Women's Day with 40 incredible women from the world's of food and business, including our girl crush, Melissa Hemsley. The topic of the lunch, served by the super team at 100 Wardour (oh how we ate...) was why a lunch break is a pivotal part of the day.
Melissa is a self-confessed waffler, so we kept her in check by instigating a kind of Step Up Mastermind quiz, with her specialist subjects being FOOD and BUSINESS. By using our beeper, we kept her answers brief and informative, but because it's Melissa, there was still plenty of humour and storytelling thrown in too!
The best and most unexpected pieces of advice from the woman herself: chew well it gives you extra thinking time, and if you have an extra 10 minutes of time on your hands, make soup! The soup will feed you across many different lunch hours if you freeze it in portions and the therapeutic stirring stimulates inspiration and mental clarity. If you can meditate too (Melissa is a meditating addict), then all the better. She also uses her lunch hour to reconnect with her network.
As two reformed desk-side lunch eaters, we feel passionately about the importance of stepping away from the computer, eating well and doing something productive with your time. With all of this in mind, we produced new Hack Pack sets for the lunch, which covered everything from snappy recipes to inspirational non-office ideas (learn a new skill... pick up a hobby) and a few jolly suggestions as well: never underestimate the power of a quick whip around Topshop/Selfridges/let local deli (delete as appropriate) to reinvigorate the mind.
Melissa took time to speak to everyone of our guests (and get selfies with most too!) which proves her networking skills, and the vibe in the room was great fun. So, let this be a reminder to you to reclaim your lunch hour. Heck, it doesn't even have to be an hour - sometimes just 10 or 15 minutes away from the grind is enough. But don't eat at your desk.. your digestion and inspiration won't thank you.