When I started to make healthy changes in an effort to recover from my autoimmune diseases, I took a new look at lunch.
I used to loathe lunch. I never planned for it so I would always make bad, desperate choices just to appease my “inner mom” that tells me I should be eating something.
For instance, I would eat a tablespoon of peanut butter (with chocolate chips of course for added energy) or skip the peanut butter and just have the chocolate.
When I started to realize maybe I needed more calories (never once thinking about needing nutrients), I would end up eating a protein bar, full of sugar that would give me enough energy until I crashed later in the afternoon.
My blood sugar levels would sky rocket at that burst of sugar and then drop right around the time I needed to function as a mom, helping with homework or making dinner. I would then have some espresso and more chocolate to give me enough energy in order to make dinner. That worked fine until my hormones were so messed up that they no longer were able to recover.
It is not easy to prioritize lunch. Our culture seems to work against the tide in most instances and sitting down in the middle of your busy day to do nothing other than eat is no exception. It’s a struggle to do the opposite of what you’re used to doing.
Taking the time to eat a healthy meal in the middle of your day (lots of green vegetables, a little protein, some good fat), not just a protein bar or a fast food burger and fries, will reward you with many health benefits such as:
- Weight loss
- Increasing your metabolism
- Lowering blood pressure
- Cutting cravings
- Regulates blood sugar level
Let me challenge you to have your biggest meal of the day at lunch. Sit down at a table with real dishes and even a cloth napkin, if you’re so inclined, and do nothing other than eat. No electronics, no reading email or looking at Instagram photos. Just eat and enjoy your food.
I’d like to call it a simple change but I know it’s not simple if it’s new to you. It is however, a change that has an enormous pay out, well worth the effort and it could be the catalyst for even bigger changes in the future.
Image with recipe Half Baked Harvest