Food on the Run!
Working the JOB as many of us do … the brown bag lunch quickly becomes boring. Many meals are overridden with a bag of instantly gratifying fast food or a quick calorie loaded dinner within a dine-in restaurant. The result is an increase in girth and weight seen by others as FAT.
I was one of those – gotta eat something now … no time to enjoy my food.. scarf it fast… tummy’s full … back to work – guys.
After trying to drag my 350 pound body frame back and forth across the office for six years, without collapsing to death in the process, I knew I was finished. Most of the time I ate a light breakfast and overall a balanced dinner. However, I realized it was the mid-day stress relieving … get out of the office and feast to fulfill lunches that were adding weight and killing me.
I adjusted my thinking of how I eat my lunch and within 18 months I have not only lost 130 pounds but also gained a full day’s worth of energy and stride around the office with a renewed confidence. I feel better and am living my life healthier.
Lunch has become my time.
I find an enjoyable place to relax for an hour. My boring brown bag lunch is now a fresh garden salad enhanced with a favorite protein ( turkey breast, chicken, cheese, avocado, etc.) Rather than a carb-loaded soft drink I now brew a thermos of fruit herbal (unsweetened) iced tea. My goal has been to substitute 3-4 routine lunches with low-cost, garden fresh, healthy salads.
Relax and de-stress …. Go make a salad!
I have grown a nice garden. Part of the health benefit of my mid-day salad is the relaxation I get making it. Before work I head to the garden to collect my lunch. I pull just what I need … a ripe tomato, green onion, small head of lettuce, a carrot, radish, baby zucchini and jalapeno’ pepper. After washing, tearing, chopping and slicing my fresh garden bounty I scour the cooler for protein i.e. cheese, roasted chicken, leftover roast, etc. While preparing my salad my herbal iced-tea is steeping in my aluminum water bottle. I fill a recyclable storage container with my prepared salad and pack it in a nylon sack with an ice pack and my thermos filled with tea and ice.
I have taught myself to make my favorite salad dressings. They are nearly 1/2 the cost of store-bought dressings and are made of natural, preservative-free ingredients.
It’s Lunchtime – Time to Relax!
At lunchtime, rather than eating at my desk or with some of my co-workers I make it a habit to seek out a quiet, peaceful place to relax and enjoy my salad and tea. Taking time out for myself, on a busy day, while enjoying nature and a healthy lunch is noticeably adding years to my life.
It’s a simply delicious and healthy habit!