Mornings can be hectic. Between the hustle and bustle of feeding your family, packing school lunches and ushering kids out the door on time, feeding yourself is often the last thing on your mind.
Sound familiar? While breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, the reality is that adults often can’t fit in an ideal morning meal. If that’s the case for you, it’s imperative to eat a nourishing lunch. Discover why lunch is so important to maintaining your health and well-being.
3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Skip Lunch
1. It Can Help Your Blood Sugar Stay Steady
After several hours without any food, our blood sugar levels drop. Parents often notice their kids get cranky just before dinnertime; the same thing can happen to adults.
When your blood sugar drops, the body’s glucose level is too low to provide it with the energy it needs to perform at its best. You could end up feeling lightheaded, irritable or shaky.
To bring your best self to work and home, it’s vital to nourish yourself in the middle of the day.
2. It Can Cut Down on Calories
Skipping lunch may seem like an easy way to reduce your calorie intake, but you may end up doing the opposite. Without a substantial meal, you might find yourself eating low-quality snacks throughout the afternoon.
Snacking often doesn’t satisfy your hunger to the same extent as eating a proper lunch. You can also end up overly hungry when it’s time for your next meal and overeat as a result. A normal-sized lunch and dinner is a healthier option — and a better way to cut calories — than skipping lunch altogether and eating a huge dinner.
Additionally, when you don’t eat enough food, your body can go into starvation mode. Instead of burning calories normally, the body clings to every calorie it receives, as it doesn’t know when it will get more. Eating a substantial midday meal is a great way to keep your metabolism ticking and out of starvation mode.
3. It Can Support Your Fitness Goals
If you plan on exercising, it’s even more crucial to eat lunch. Muscles require fuel to work and rebuild. Your preworkout lunch should include a healthy mix of carbohydrates (think whole-grain bread or whole fruit) and protein (turkey, hummus or peanut butter are great choices). Eating lunch before you work out provides several benefits, including more energy and increased performance.
Plan Ahead to Eat Lunch
The reality is that eating a wholesome lunch is easier said than done. After all, lunchtime can be hectic, too!
Take five minutes to plan your lunch the night before. Toss any chopped veggies you have on hand into a canning jar, add some beans, nuts or crumbled cheese, and pack a separate small container of dressing. Just like that, you’ve got a healthy lunch prepared for the next day.
Smoothies are another terrific low-effort lunch option. Just blend together your desired fruits and veggies and a handful of ice to get a delicious dose of plant-based vitamins and minerals. Then add a rounded teaspoon of Metamucil Sugar Free Original Smooth Powder to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels and promote digestive health.*
You can also prep on Sundays by boiling eggs, chopping fruits and vegetables, and planning your lunch menu for the week.
If you take the time to nourish your body in the middle of the day, you’ll enjoy increased energy and improved mood throughout the afternoon.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.