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When I was in my late teens and early 20’s, I would run around my college campus never thinking about lunch. If I were hungry between dance rehearsals, time in the photo lab and classes, I’d take a bag of veggie sticks out of my dance bag and munch-sometimes, if I had a night class-I’d actually pack some leftover chicken.

Then I got older, had kids and somehow until they reached school age-I barely had enough time to eat at all, let alone sit down for a meal.  This trend continued during my stint as a pre-school and day care business owner.

After this-well, my life runs on schedules for medications for my various syndromes and diseases-all of which insist I have food in my body before swallowing a handful of pills!

What do I eat?  Mainly salads, fruit, veggie sticks (although now I have quite a variety-not just carrots and celery!) with hummus, sometimes soup or a low-cal sandwich.  Of course, I’m still eating these days with a phone attached to my ear and my eyes on a computer screen, but I do eat lunch!

We’ve been talking about how important breakfast and snacks are-but lunch is very important as well.

Depending on your activity level, your health and time there is always a way to fit in a meal between breakfast and dinner!  

Plan your meals and brown bag them the night before!  I have a whole “line of action” when I put lunches together for my husband, son and myself-I have a “diet” lunch of usually my special Raspberry Greek Salad (I’ll give the award winning recipe that was published in Simple and Delicious Magazine in Wednesday’s column), hubby hates sandwiches-so I make extra dinner and make him his own “packaged dinner” and our son is a “weight-watcher” so I give him either a version of the “dinner” meal or use diet sandwich bread and make him a salad/sandwich meal to go.

By measuring, packaging and having these meals ready for “grab and go” I’m assuring myself (and the guys) of not over-eating, being healthy and giving myself the very appreciated breathing room in the mornings.

On Wednesday-I’ll give some suggestions for salads, sandwiches and some of the more popular “self-made TV dinners”

In the meantime-don’t be afraid to eat some lunch, it keeps us alert for the afternoon work session and helps us not overeat when we get home and start making dinner!


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