Many of us may have unwittingly fallen into the pattern of missing meals in the day and then overcompensating with large evening meals and late night nibbling. Instead of missing meals, why not think about having a more substantial meal at midday, instead of very late in the evening?
Why is this a good idea? Eating a more balanced midday meal may help you avoid cravings and over eating later in the day. It will help sustain your energy levels and it will help you to concentrate better too.
Clearly, the idea is not to have such a large lunch that you need to ask permission for a siesta! The perfect lunch is one that leaves you feeling satisfied and energetic enough to have a productive afternoon.
Maximise your power lunch with these effective tips:
- Book out time to eat lunch in your daily schedule – even if it is just 15 minutes. You may not think you have the time but your body (and mind) will be more productive the rest of the day!
- Set an alarm or reminder, if needed, to remind you to stop to eat your midday power meal.
- If possible, schedule work meetings between meals, rather than at meal times. This will make it easier to eat smaller portions of the right stuff.
- If you know you wont be able to eat lunch early then have a more substantial breakfast.
- Likewise, if you do eat lunch late morning rather than late afternoon, have a lighter or earlier breakfast.
- When eating your lunch, maximising each mouthful and chew your food slowly, savoring every bite. We tend to rush though our meals, forgetting to actually taste the flavors and feel the textures of what is in our mouths.
- If possible, leave your desk and disengage from your work. Eating over your keyboard is not only bad for the keyboard but you may eat too fast and too much!
- Energise your body by getting some fresh air and sunshine (if it is shining of course!).
- As you digest your lunch, digest your thoughts too. Think about what has happened in the morning and allow your thoughts to settle. Plan for what is coming up for the rest of the day.
By eating a balanced lunch with the objective to eat lighter in the evening, you will reap the rewards of better weight management (weight loss too!), better energy and improved health!