Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Out to lunch

I know a lot of people who skip lunch altogether. They work straight through the lunch hour, without the thought of food even crossing their minds. Or they have to pop out of the office to 'quickly run errands'.
If you don't eat lunch, (did you have breakfast this morning, like you promised? I doubt it!) you will be ravenous come 4pm, and ready to stuff your face with the first edible thing that comes to hand - a pie from the cafe, biscuits, chocolate - with no consideration of the nutritional value. You won't make it through to dinner time in a friendly, co-operative frame of mind. The kids and/or spouse will suffer, too.
And imagine where your cortisol levels are!
It's easy enough to pack a lunch to take to the office - make it the night before, if the morning really is too rushed. Soup, a salad or a sandwich are all nicely portable. So is fruit. And nuts and seeds. As with breakfast, include some protein. Tuna, ham, egg and cheese all make good sandwich fillings and salad toppings. Nuts and seeds are also good sources of protein and fibre.
In my lunch pack (photo) I have a tuna mayo sandwich with lettuce, tomato and cucumber. An apple, a few grapes, a cheese triangle and some pecan nuts.
Actually, I couldn't eat it all. I ate the sandwich and the apple, and that was plenty for me.

What did you have for lunch today?

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