Decision one

Choose a Low GI supplement regime – Read More 

  • Providing the worker 4/5 hours of sustained energy release per dose. As against High GI products which supply only one hour of peaked energy release, followed by crash in blood glucose levels, due to the bodies insulin reaction to the high levels of sugar

Decision two

Choose to provide a pre-shift supplement to stabilise the workers blood glucose levels pre-shift, for safety, cost and health reasons. Plus choose Low GI mid-shift supplementation at 3/4 hourly intervals, depending on the length of the shift.

Decision three

Choose the pre-shift and mid-shift supplements carefully, using the following criteria – Read More

  • The pre-shift supplement needs to be almost a meal replacer that provides a Low GI product in powder form to be mixed with cold water, to encourage fluid consumption.
  • Containing high levels of protein, which is mainly missing from the workers regular diet because of cost, but which is essential to the stabilization of blood glucose pre-shift, and which provides stamina to perform the work load.
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  • Containing electrolytes to hydrate the worker and combat heat stress, and to comply with legislation which specifies a minimum of 2 liters of potable water be available to the worker every day on the job, the supplement provided should be mixed with cold water.
  • Containing the correct levels of vitamins and minerals essential to the promotion of good body functions. Including high levels of Vitamin C [250mg daily as specified by SIMRAC the Chamber of Mines research unit].
  • Good fats
  • Fibre
  • Taste [not porridge]
  • Reduced hunger
  • Packaging must be easy to use
  • No ingredients that are not medically and dietetically proven
  • Safe to use

The mid-shift supplements at 3 to 4 hourly interval’s also need to be in a drink format [powder to be mixed with cold water], and should contain;

  • Low GI ingredients for a sustained energy release over 4 to 5 hours, and a stabilized blood glucose level.
  • Electrolytes to maintain hydration of the worker
  • A variety of great tasting flavours to encourage consumption and prevent product fatigue
  • Fibre to give continuity to a feeling of fullness that controls hunger pangs, and reduces intake of skaf tins High GI products.
  • No ingredients that are not medically and dietetically proven
  • Safe to use.

Back to Basics – Nutrition offers pre and mid-shift supplements that take into account all of the requirements specified in the Fatigue Management Guidelines to Nutritional Supplementation of the workforce, supplements which are proven in the workplace over years of use by major groups.

Pre-shift shakes and mid-shift drinks developed to build good health and fight fatigue, which is safe , whether you are young, older, healthy or may be suffering from conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes or other chronic conditions like HIV/Aids or cancer. Read more 

  • Delicious nutritious shakes including
  • Delicious and nutritious drinks including

In packaging to suit the conditions in which your workforce is operating.

  • Sachets – easy to carry and utilise
  • Storage and contamination
  • Storage and distribution options

Programme Support:

  • Shaker bottles/18 hour flasks/shoulder bags to carry shakers /flasks and supplements
  • Leaflets in English and local language
  • Pre-packs for daily, weekly and monthly issue.
  • Tasting sessions to determine worker preferences
  • Occupational Health Nursing Staff nutrition training
  • Dietetic services [biggest loser/HIV/Aids days/SHEQ days talks and seminars [visuals and reports]
  • Distribution options