Here’s Your Lunchtime Strategy Home/Work

If you’re like many people, you’re spending a lot of your days at home.  Whether you are working from home or weathering the pandemic, this can be a good time to eat healthier. When it comes to nutritious eating habits, it can be rather easy to get a good start with breakfast, and to make the right choices at dinner. However, for many adults, it’s the daytime decisions that create unanticipated problems. Here are some common stumbling blocks and some solutions to keep in mind.

You don’t eat enough at lunch. A common mistake made by many, is reducing their intake to a point where they attempt to starve themselves to a lower weight. Instead, your body goes into preservation mode and tries to sustain the paltry intake it receives. A starving person is also much more likely to gorge on unhealthy snacks later in the afternoon, compounding the problem.

You don’t eat the right food. Aim for a balanced lunchtime intake that includes some protein and carbs. Your body performs best when it is well nourished. Also, consider adding healthy snacks for mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Steer clear of processed treats. Instead, go for small samplings of fruits and veggies. Your body actually functions better when it gets smaller portions, more often.

You don’t eat at the right place/right time. If you aren’t working at home, dining out at lunch may have consequences for your wallet, as well as your health. Fast food restaurants in particular, are loaded with menu items that lack nutrition, and rely heavily on sugar, salt and preservatives. If you are working or staying at home, there are two tendencies to avoid.  Don’t avoid lunch or hold off until late in the afternoon.  This is another way to trick your body into starvation mode.  Conversely, try to avoid the habit of making numerous trips to the fridge and pantry throughout the day. This can be an easy way to dramatically increase your daytime intake well beyond healthy levels.

You don’t make the right beverage choices. It’s not always easy to drink a lot of water during the workday, but if possible, please try to do so. Staying well hydrated helps with digestion, energy and overall health. Conversely, avoid those sodas and juices. Both tend to be loaded with sugar and additives, that cause problems with digestion, blood sugar and overall appetite.

The new year is the most common time to revisit your overall health and weight objectives. It’s also a good time to take a closer look at those daytime eating habits. They usually play an important part in helping you achieve and attain optimal health.