It’s time that you adopted a new attitude toward food, especially when it comes to lunch. Most of you will be at work when lunchtime rolls around, and that can make things a little tricky. You probably don’t want to be seen taking your full entitlement, even though it’s an entitlement! Most of you will probably also eat lunch on the go, perhaps even whilst working at your desk. These are bad habits! Whilst they may feel like the right thing to do, they could, in fact, be very wrong when it comes to your health and fitness. So perhaps the time is right to build new and healthier habits.
One way of doing so is in learning the key to a healthy lunch. You need to revisit your relationship with ingredients, meals and moreover food in general. You’ve probably been neglecting the issue a little, especially when it comes to that midday meal. So here we offer you some help and assistance to get started. We’ll look at the issue of healthy lunches and why Bento boxes are the perfect lunch box. If you’re tired of a soggy sandwich; fed up with crumbs on your keyboard and have had enough of post-lunch indigestion caused by fast eating, then read on. Help is at hand.
A Winning Lunch?
Enjoying a healthy lunch is vital for so many reasons. If you select the right lunch you’ll be well fuelled for the rest of the day. Positive food choices will mean that your energy levels will be maintained and you will not have that mid-afternoon slump. Eating the wrong, or unhealthy, lunch will mean that come around 3 pm, you’ll be searching out ways to immediately boost your energy i.e. sugary, unhealthy snacks. If you’re not careful this will become habitual and is a very bad habit to have – you are risking your health.
Some people miss lunch altogether, a very bad idea. By the time you get home you’ll be starving, you won’t feel like cooking wholesome food, and you’ll make more poor food choices, such as takeaways and fast-food – that’s if you haven’t already hit the drive through!
Aside from the physical health benefits, enjoying a proper lunch away from your desk can help boost your mood too, leading to a feeling of fulfilment and happiness when it comes to returning to the office. You can use the time to chat and maintain relationships with colleagues and also give your mind a break from your job – something that will mean it’ll be fresher later on. Leaving your desk may feel counterintuitive, but staying put is definitely counterproductive.
Having realised that you need to have a proper lunch, here’s why Bento boxes are the perfect lunch box:-
The Japanese Bento box is a colourful lunch box that is split into 5 or 6 different sized compartments. That it is colourful immediately helps create an excitement for what’s inside, even though you’ll probably already know! The compartments keep each element of the food separate so that you are not eating your dessert with your salad. This means that the individual elements can be any number of combinations.
Usually, the larger compartment will hold the protein and the carbohydrates, say roast chicken and couscous. You can use other sections for any vegetables, or fruit, bread or dips. Finally, the smaller compartments can hold a pudding, meaning that you are controlling what you eat, whilst not denying yourself pleasurable foods.
The creation of a good Bento box can almost be as therapeutic as escaping from your desk to eat it. You can combine colours and ingredients, flavours and elements as you like them because it is your lunch! When you purchase something to eat, you’ll be spending more money and you may not be able to control just what goes into the meal.
With a Bento box, you are in total control. You decide what goes in, if you’re watching what you eat, you can control portions and calories and also stay on top of all your nutritional needs. Bento boxes help rebuild that relationship with food that has so sadly been lost over time as life has become more hectic. An additional benefit is that if you make up the box the night before, whilst cooking dinner, it’ll be ready to grab on the way out.
It’s time to take your lunchtime back. Time to decide what it is that you want to eat, and to eat it away from your desk. You can achieve this and at the same time gain all the health benefits too, with a little help from your Bento box. Enjoy the freedom!