#6 MGM: Make Time for Lunch
As our lives get more chaotic and we are trying to squeeze more into our days, lunch is usually a meal that gets rushed. There are times where I am working on my computer charting and next thing I know it’s 2pm and I still haven’t had anything to eat. This is a bad habit to get into and an even harder habit to break. Which leads me into this week’s Mighty Goal Monday – Make time for Lunch.
This week’s challenge: Make your lunch and enjoy it at least three times this week.
Trust me, I know life is busy and sometimes it’s just easier to eat your lunch in front of the computer. It wasn’t until earlier this week my boss came up to me and said, “You don’t have to eat your lunch in front of the computer, you can take a break if you need it.” This was my eye opener.
Why we need to Make time for lunch
Nourishment for your body
It’s obvious we need food to survive but when it comes to lunch time, I feel that many people go into the grazing mode and eat over a longer period of time. Sometimes the food items we snack on are not really nutritious . It doesn’t matter if you are working at home or working a desk job, it is still extremely important to consume a nutrient dense meal. Choosing to have a meal that contains all the food groups will help ensure your body is being properly nourished.
You always hear how important it is to take mini breaks throughout the day to refocus on your work. Cue your lunch break! This is a great time to get a mental break from your day. When you take time out of your busy schedule to take a lunch break, you actually are doing yourself a favor. When you take a mental break, you will return to work more focused and productive, a WIN-WIN for everyone.
Make your Lunch
Sometimes it can be hard to pack a lunch for work and you are forced to either go out or eat something the office has, which is not always the best option. This week I really want you to try your best to make your lunch for at least three days.
Prep your lunch
Instead of feeling rushed in the morning to pack your lunch, prep your lunch the night before. Gather the cold items you plan on packing in the morning and put all other products in your lunchbox already. If meal prepping is your thing on the weekend, Awesome! Make sure you have it all together so you can just grab and go on your way out the door.
Lunches do not have to be boring. These are some of my go-to’s to spice up my lunches.
Bento Boxes – Bento Boxes originated from Asian restaurants where they served samples of several menu items at one time. Creating your own version of bento boxes for lunch will ensure that you have a food item from all food groups. Check out these classic bento box recipes to find inspiration for something new.
Crockpot Dinners – Except this time you are really making them for lunch. Thanks to the Mini Crockpot, you can now make crockpot meals for lunch. Find your favorite crockpot dinners you enjoy and simply move them to your lunch meal. Not sure what to cook, check out these crockpot meals from other Registered Dietitians.
Enjoy you Lunch
Get away from your computer
If you’re anything like me, you may spend a majority of your days sitting in front of a computer. If this is the case, make sure to get away from your computer on your lunch break. Not only will this prevent you from continuing to work, but your eyes will also thank you. Giving your body a break from your computer can do wonders.
Socialize with Others
If you don’t take a lunch break, you lose the opportunity to socialize with others. Going to the lunchroom is a great way to learn something new about your co-worker or learn something new that doesn’t pertain to work. You may be surprised what you learn.
Fall is my favorite time of the year because it is so nice out. Just because you work in an office or at home, does not mean that you can not go outside to eat your lunch. Find a table near your office or walk down the street to a local park to enjoy your lunch. Being outside also provides you with fresh air and the ability to really escape your work for the moment.
Share what you are ENJOYING for lunch with the #mightygoalmonday community.
Do not forget to share your achievements, tips, and/or comments with me and the #MightyGoalMonday community. It is much easier to accomplish goals when you have others completing the same goals.
#5 MGM Recap – Get Active!
In the Chicagoland area, this past week’s weather was beautiful. I was trying to make every excuse possible to get outside more. However, with my busy schedule I was only able to get in one run outside but to me that was better than nothing. Since my days were very busy, I worked on getting in short exercises spread out throughout the day. This is one goal I will continue to work towards every week and hopefully, increase as I plan my schedule better. Hope you were able to get active this week and will continue to work on the goal as well!
New to Mighty Goal Monday?
Find out more about why I started this blog series and what other MGM’s you have missed and can start at any time.