we can take good care of ourselves. So, no guilt, what’s for lunch?
I know that a lot of people can struggle with this. Sometimes there are not great choices around, sometimes, it can feel like there is no choice. With a little bit of planning, you can have a healthier lunch. I’m not saying to never indulge! But if we can get you eating a healthier lunch three times a week, that’s going to make a difference in your life. And it doesn’t have to be that difficult. (photo credit mconnor at morguefile.com)
I’d like to review a few things that are commonly had for lunch and why they may be problematic. (Why not? Knowledge is power!)
- Sandwich: Super convenient! You can make this the night before and have it ready to grab and go. Unfortunately, since it’s a cold item, it can be hard on the digestive system to eat a sandwich every day for lunch.
- Cheese stick: Also really convenient! It stores well and it’s an easy way to get a little bit of fat into your diet. However, especially if it’s cold in temperature, a cheese stick can be also hard on the digestive system.
- Yogurt: Healthy? I’ve said before to watch the sugar content in prepackaged cup yogurt. It can be really high. Also yogurt can be hard on the digestive system, especially if it’s Greek yogurt.
What can you do? Sometimes it’s easiest to make extra dinner food and pack it up for lunch the next day. This can get boring, so you don’t need to do it every day, but home prepared meals are usually going to be healthier than anything ready to eat that you buy. You control the salt, chemicals and fat that goes into it. So even if you just do that 2-3 times a week, that can make a difference in your overall health over time.
What do you think? What do you usually eat for lunch? Are you strategies that you use to make your lunch a healthier choice? Let me know in the comments below!
Remember to take some quiet time to yourself this long holiday weekend. Block off a few hours to putz around or journal or color, whatever it is that brings you joy!
Take care, I’ll see you next week.
To your health!
-Dorothy Pang, L.Ac.