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Eating Lunch At Your Desk Isn't Doing You Any Favors

03/18/2015 04:22 pm ET | Updated Mar 18, 2015

A crumb-free keyboard isn't the only benefit of eating lunch away from the computer.

Taking the time to step away for lunch could greatly enhance one's work ethic, according to Kimberly Elsbach, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of California, Davis.

"My research is really on the effects of taking breaks from routine work on your productivity, on your sense of self-worth and, most importantly, on your creativity," Elsbach told HuffPost Live on Wednesday. "For me, lunch isn't just an opportunity to nourish your body; it's an opportunity to nourish your mental state, your mind, and that has much more to do with taking a break from a routine surrounding."

Eating that sandwich in a "natural setting" -- outdoors or in an environment where you can be "engaged effortlessly" -- offers the mind a chance to refresh before approaching tasks ahead.

"Those kinds of restorative moments are super important to creating fertile ground for creativity," Elsbach concluded.

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