Most security operatives work at least eight-hour shifts for 40 hours a week and are often on call in the event of an emergency. Some companies have three shifts, and guards rotate to ensure that they get equal time off during the week, the weekend, and on holidays.
This will sometimes leave them with little or no time to plan for their meals let alone remember that it’s important to eat.
With a proper food list or meal plan, security operatives can pack food that’s suitable for the work they do without having any trouble. In this article, we share suitable food for a security guard to take away while on task. Keep reading to discover what those foods are.
It should be noted that individuals in the security sector are expected to take their duties seriously, particularly those at Phoenix Group. The tasks of a security guard can vary widely, from simply being present to respond to assaults and robberies. Now choosing the wrong type of food can easily affect how they carry out these tasks.
Here are ways as well as examples of suitable food that a security operative to take away on task and the types of food they should stay away from.
Shift work is customary for security operatives. Additionally, they are more likely to have general health problems, stomach symptoms, a higher BMI, and are predisposed to long-term health problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. As a result, it’s critical to consider how you can safeguard your health and pack the proper nourishment for your body during your shifts.
Due to our hectic schedules and long hours, one may go for unhealthy grab-and-go options or even visit the drive-thru on our way home. This appears to be rather enticing after working long, busy hours in either physically or psychologically taxing positions – we feel as though we deserve a treat! This might be OK on an infrequent basis.
However, these frequently high-fat, high-sugar items exacerbate fatigue, sluggishness, low motivation, perpetuating a cycle of poor dietary choices due to our inability to prepare and plan. This will eventually affect long-term health.
Planning is critical! Bring your food to avoid falling victim to a late-night convenience shop, drive-thru, or vending machine trap.
When making meals, prepare extra portions that may be chilled or frozen until you’re ready to take them to work or return home.
Consume food regularly, with three balanced meals every 24 hours or two lighter meals and healthy snacks in between. During your breaks, smaller snacks or a light supper may be preferable to one large meal, especially at night. Consuming an excessive amount of food can result in drowsiness – the dreaded food coma.
When you feel the need for a boost during your shift, it can be tempting to grab for that
- chocolate bar
- bag of candies
- Sugary energy drink.
Foods like these can boost energy levels temporarily, followed by a sudden spike in blood sugar levels that can be difficult to control. It’s best to avoid packing or reaching out for any of these.
Rather it’s best to pack foods that gradually release energy that will be far more beneficial like;
- Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes include a high concentration of complex carbohydrates, as well as iron, magnesium, and vitamin C. Vitamin C is required for fat transport into the body’s cells for energy synthesis.
- Eggs – Eggs contain a complete protein (all essential amino acids), B vitamins, healthy fats, and a little amount of vitamin D.
- Fruit – Fruits include natural sugars that are rapidly absorbed into the system and provide an instant energy boost (but without the ‘sugar crash’ associated with refined sugars). These can be frozen and packed for the next day or night shift.
- Green tea – This is best for the morning. It includes caffeine, which provides an energy boost without the ‘jittery’ effects associated with heavier caffeinated beverages, such as coffee.
- Natural yoghurt – Yoghurt includes live bacteria that have a variety of health benefits, including regulating the immune system, enhancing digestion (allowing for greater absorption of energy-giving nutrients), and potentially even enhancing one’s mood.
- Protein shakes – Protein shakes are a good recommendation especially for door supervisors because they tend to do a lot of work like maintaining order with premises, managing crowds, and generally dealing with conflicts. The protein shake is the perfect meal to pack.
Protein shakes have been known to promote muscle gain and improve performance and recovery.
More energy-giving foods include pumpkin seeds, baked beans, brown rice, lentils, wholemeal bread, beans, fish, chickpeas, apple slices spinach, and hydrating as often as possible.
If you’re a security guard, door supervisor, or a close protection operative taking some food with you as you work goes far beyond giving energy and staying healthy. There are other reasons, especially the ones below.
Avoid fried, very oily, or heavily spiced foods too soon tonight since these might trigger indigestion, which will also interrupt your sleep. The urge to pour a glass or two of your favourite beverage to help you relax and switch off after a demanding shift may be powerful, but this can have the opposite effect and lower the quality of your sleep.
More reasons for security operatives to take food on their tasks
- You’re expected to be alert and working at most times. Also because most security guards have direct access to electric appliances such as kettles, they could easily get harmed especially when working alone.
- Some people may not want to sit and eat next to a security operative in a restaurant. To save oneself from awkward situations, packing a meal or even eating earlier for those in the morning shifts would be a good idea.
For anyone working in the security industry, meals are as important as it is to keep the people assigned to you safe. However, all this must be done with extreme caution. Stay away from meals that will only cause you to feel tired and sleepy, and foods that smell bad when kept for longer periods, among other things.