We all have days where we are busy or preoccupied and either ignore our hunger pangs or just don't have them. I don't usually feel hungry but I do get tired and sometimes short on patience. I know this about myself and my family knows this so they will offer a reminder if I step out of character and become a bit testy.
I heard someone say this about the 3 meals of the day;
Eat like a King at breakfast, a Prince at Lunch and a Popper at Dinner
Why is this important to have your bigger meals of the day at the beginning instead of the end like we have all been raised to believe?
A typical American eats dinner between 5-8 pm every evening and might have a bite of something before going to bed but it's not usually a healthy snack. Then the body fasts for the next 8-14 hours, depending if you eat breakfast or not.
You get up and expect this machine we call a body to run on all cylinders without giving it any or good fuel. You expect the body to take you places, to focus, to problem solve, to not ache or offer any discomfort all without being given the same courtesy you give your car!
Think about this for a moment, if you see your cars gas tank getting low you fill it up. If you notice low air in the tire you add more. When you go to stop and your breaks don't respond you have them checked out but when you're hungry you grab whatever is close by or a cup of joe or worse a cola and keep on going. And then wonder why you are tired, grumpy, get headaches or have failing health.
What You Eat Matters!
This isn't just a saying it's true you really are what you eat! So love yourself more than you love your car! Yes!!! I am raising my voice because this needs to be listened to! Don't make me shake my finger too! ;-)
When you eat matters so you can give your body the fuel it needs to keep you thinking and running throughout your day. Eating a bigger meal in the evening doesn't get burned off like it does during the day when you are moving and thinking more. Make sense?
Try it for a week or two, check in how you feel in the mornings, afternoon and evenings for a day or two before you start eating differently. Rate your energy level from 0-10. 10 being great at full speed. Rate your mood and how your body feels the same way. Then start eating as I've suggested here. After a couple days of honestly eating in a whole food way without missing any meals and rate those areas again. I'd be shocked if you don't notice a marked improvement.
Below are a couple of easy lunch ideas to grab and go. I hope you enjoy them. I'll be offering more in the days to come so keep a lookout for them.
No Time To Eat Lunch ideas;
Keep on hand bananas, apples, nut butter, celery, avocado, romaine lettuce, hummus and herbed goat cheese. With these 8 ingredients, you can have something packed with fiber, protein, vitamins and keep fueled throughout the afternoon. If you are allergic to nuts try tahini it's a sesame butter or keep pumpkin, sunflower, and pine nuts on hand.
Mix and match how you eat them. Or toss a few together to make a salad.
Examples are banana with peanut butter, apple with almond butter, mixed seeds with any fruit. Make a nunwich...what's a nunwich you ask, it's romaine lettuce filled with hummus, goat cheese, lunch meat (without preservatives) or anything you like. I usually make three of them.
Mix seeds and nuts in a gallon bag and keep that at your desk or in your car. Dip your celery in hummus or nut butter. Fill celery with cheese and sprinkle with seeds. Avocado is great alone, with toast/bread on a nunwhich or with an apple.
Be creative and make up your own recipes. Add other ingredients to keep you from getting bored with your food.
Try to stick to the 80-20 rule. 80% whole organic food allows you to indulge now and then. I promise if you do this you will feel and look better, you will have more energy throughout the day and your mood will stabilize your focus will become clearer and you will enjoy a healthier happier life!
"Thank You For Allowing Me To Be A Part Of Your Wellness Journey" L~
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