Launching The Healthy Lunch Plan

Often times, when we think of nutritious eating habits, we focus on getting a good start with breakfast, or talk about making the right choices at dinner.  For many adults in the workplace, it’s often the daytime decisions that create unanticipated problems. How many of these habits sound familiar?

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 meal 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, but try bringing along a small sampling of fruits and veggies. Your body actually functions better when it gets smaller portions, more often.

You don’t eat at the right place. 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 pack a lunch, don’t eat your desk.  A little physical activity — even if its just a walk to an outdoor picnic table, or to eat in a cafeteria — is always a good choice. Socializing with others at lunch, actually has health benefits as well. Another bad dining location?  Your car. Whenever possible, avoid scarfing down food from drive-thrus on the way to your next appointment.

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.