We all know that breakfast is important – however sometimes we forget about lunch. It is just as important to keep us energized. A balanced lunch will also prevent eating too much later on in the day!
There are a few different personalities of “lunchers”:
Socials: Eat with friends and coworkers; tend to eat out a lot. Usually have a big lunch and feel an energy lull in the afternoon and seek a coffee at around 3PM.
Dieters: Control and plan lunch. In some cases will eat very little (a frozen healthy option may only have 150- 250calories) and will end up starving in the afternoon or at dinner time and will “give in” because “they didn’t have very much for lunch”.
Skippers: See lunch of no importance. Will get busy and skip it – but have a bigger dinner and eat throughout the evening because they are starving.
To be honest I see a little bit of myself in all these personalities! I am sure we all do. Here are some lunch rules to follow for this week (yes – even on the weekend!).
- Balance your lunch – make sure to get a protein and whole grain serving along with lots of veggies. A salad of just veggies will not keep you feeling full – so add nuts or seeds, salmon or tuna, goat or feta cheese and a whole grain like quoina or brown rice pasta.
- Never skip it. It will lead to over eating later in the day. You wouldn’t drive by a gas station if your fuel light was on empty!
- You should want to MOVE after you eat it. If you feel tired a groggy after lunch you ate too much! Watch your portions (especially of breads and pastas). Big portions can weigh you down (and add to your waist line).
Today for lunch I had a whole grain pita, with tuna, greens and a salad. I had a bowl of grapes (the seedless ones were on special!). I have not had the need for an afternoon coffee lately – could be the heat or the balanced meals I have been eating!
Enjoy your lunch!
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Eat well – Be well