With so much to accomplish each day, why eat crap that makes you feel slow?
When I was a kid, I thought lunchtime was the best! That tray of spongy chicken nuggets, fries, and a chocolate shake zapped me awake. With every bite, I shook off how bored I was from my last class. It was just the right type of fuel to make me the fastest kid on the soccer field or the show-off getting highest on the swings. After recess, I always thought I felt so tired because I played so hard. Now that I’m all grown up and a little bit smarter, I know what was happening for real.
In today’s corporate world, if you’re able to get a lunch break in, people are going to start thinking you have too little to do. Joking, BUT, it’s so much easier to grab a pack of Peanut M&Ms and a Diet Dew out of the vending machine than it is to wait in the cafeteria line for food that will make you gas all day… plus it’s 1:32pm, you’re already a couple minutes late to your next meeting, and you’re HANGRY! Thirty-six minutes later, you have to pee and it looks like that neon green liquid had a straight shot through your body. That’s not normal… and worse yet, that sugar and caffeine that once served you as a pick me up is now starting to make you feel really sleepy.
And this time, you can’t blame your sleepiness on the running around you’ve been doing in the playground.
So what is it? Could it be that that your body reacts differently to whatever you choose to put in your mouth?
The short-term effect of junk food is due to its lack of nutrition coupled with its ability to trigger an insulin spike that sends your sugar levels on a roller coaster ride. That’s enough to ruin half of your day… and worse yet, keep making the wrong choices and it can pack a punch that knocks you out and keeps you down for life.
I know I’m telling you something you already know…
I don’t need to tell you that you’ll feel great throughout the day if you eat right. That’s as common knowledge as the benefits of sleeping 8ish hours and exercising regularly.
So… if you know what to do, why don’t you?
Maybe it’s because your reason for not making the change isn’t compelling enough.
Not trying to guilt you here… no, just suggesting that you imagine what you could dominate if your body’s engine was revving smoothly.
Alternatively, think back to when you crashed hard after lunch. How much did you get done for the rest of the day? Diddley squat?
If you’re done with that, I have a small challenge for you.
Get in your kitchen, prep a high protein breakfast, pack a lunch that fuels you in the right way, and don’t forget it before jetting out to conquer the world tomorrow morning!
Cheers to feeling fueled up by your lunch,