Hack Your Lunch!

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Hey everyone! For the WeCreate blog, I wrote this little post. I’m catering their lunch today and thought I’d share my words with all my readers. Are you all lunch hackers? If not, you should be.

Lunch: more than just a meal, it’s energy to carry you through the rest of the workday.

July’s member’s lunch is catered and hosted by personal chef and blogger, Emily Hanhan of Nomnivorous.com. She’ll be leading a casual discussion about lunch in all its facets. Learn how to hack your lunch so that you’re energized for the rest of the day AND excited to take your lunch break. It takes just a little bit of science and a whole lot of creativity to create lunches that last.

Hack Your Lunch: Turning the midday bore into an exciting and energizing meal.

So you’re working within a typical office schedule in New York – nine in the morning to six in the evening, probably even later, five days a week. The mornings involve coffee and maybe a bagel. Lunch rolls around and you’re stuck with the ordinary droll. A wilted salad or a dry sandwich, possibly something delicious even makes it to your stomach. But it probably cost a pretty penny.

Food, in its purest form, is energy. It can be often delicious as well. But not everything is beneficial to your body. There are ways to combine whole grains, vegetables, fruits, protein and fat to create meals that you want to eat and your body is happy to have. Lunch is an optimal meal to take advantage of a perfect energy-taste balance.

As a personal chef, one of my goals is to spread the gospel of good lunch. This food/energy talk with WECREATE is celebrating the art of the lunch hack. The hours between lunch and dinner are full of work, meetings, commutes and events. I’m creating a family-style meal using local produce and a healthy, delicious focus for the community. The meals are designed to help you feel better throughout the day.

If you’re working in an office, you can do the same experiment. Whether you are making your lunches from scratch or buying them, try these changes and see what makes you feel the best:

  • Eat a “typical” lunch for you, whether homemade or commercially made.
    • Two hours after lunch, how do you feel?
      • hungry / full / tired / energized / distracted / focused
    • Four hours later, how do you feel?
      • hungry / full / tired / energized / distracted / focused
  • Add additional vegetables [double your normal portion] to your lunch
    • Observe your emotions at two and four hours as above.
  • Add additional protein [double your normal portion] to your lunch
    • Observe your emotions at two and four hours as above.
  • Add additional carbohydrates [double your normal portion] to your lunch
    • Observe your emotions at two and four hours as above.

Join us at WECREATE to learn more about your diet’s impact on your workday energy with Emily on Wednesday, July 25th 1-2pm.

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