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Feel-good lunches: How to bust the fast food blues

Feel-good lunches: How to bust the fast food blues

(BPT) – If you’re like many Americans, you’ve had days when stress and hunger make you opt for the closest fast food joint for lunch, seeking quick, filling fare you hope will take the edge off.

Even though you’ll feel the error of your ways later via your stomach, wallet and energy level, it probably won’t be enough to stop you the next time you need a midday fix. In fact, Gallup research indicates 80 percent of Americans indulge in fast food at least monthly, while 57 percent of young adults eat it at least weekly.

Ready to break the cycle? In honor of National Healthy Lunch Day on Nov. 15, consider these five tips to produce healthier results during your lunch hour.

* Pack healthy lunches at home. When you plan ahead, you can pay better attention to portion sizes and ingredients because you’re neither ravished nor stressed. ‘If you’re putting your lunch together in the morning, you’re usually doing that right after you eat breakfast so you’re not in that [rushed] state,’ says Cornell University Economist David Just in the Huffington PosHealth & Fitnesst. Plus, if you’re buying healthy ingredients, you’ll be more inclined to eat them instead of letting them go to waste. Experts recommend making lunch prep part of an after-dinner or Sunday ritual.

* Be smart about eating out. One survey found 90 percent of American workers dine out for lunch at least once a week. Don’t deny yourself the chance to socialize with coworkers; just opt for healthier menu choices. For example, avoid fried foods, choose sparkling water over soda, request dressings and sauces on the side, choose vegetables or salads as side dishes or split a meal with someone else. ‘It’s a mistake to assume you’ll eat a packed lunch 100 percent of the time,’ notes Jessica Migala on Health.com. ‘Just like everything else in life, your lunch break requires a little flexibility.’

* Snack on protein between meals. Keep a stash of healthy snacks on hand like protein bars, pistachios, or high-protein yogurts to help stabilize blood sugar and counter hunger pangs in between meals. Because protein takes more energy to digest than refined carbohydrates, it can make you feel fuller for longer periods of time. This will help ensure that you’ll be able to make a smart choice when lunchtime rolls around.

* Be fast food particular. If your circumstances really call for a trip to the drive-thru, consider healthier fast food offerings like grilled chicken, salads, low-fat milk, or fruit. And of course, nix the super sizing. Compare the nutritional value of popular fast food sandwiches at Healthyeater.com.

* Take a walk. Get up from your desk and take your lunch with you on a walk. Munch on your food while getting fresh air and relieving stress at the same time. It bears repeating: studies show even a little exercise can improve your mood, confidence, self-esteem and body image. One study even links a temporary change in work environment with improved creativity and innovation.

Know someone who needs support in making healthy lunch choices? Forward these guidelines, or get more information at Diabetes.org/nhld.


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    • scott archibald
    • November 19, 2016
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    When I first heard this song. I literally thought they where talking about having actual breakfast at a friends place named Tiffany. Later realizing they where referencing the movie.

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    • Queen0fAmaranth
    • November 19, 2016
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    I heard this song at work a few times. Really catchy!!

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    • ColourRedCalls
    • November 19, 2016
    Reply

    Boat drinks. Boys in the band ordered boat drinks. The visitors scored on the home rink, and everything seems to be wrong

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    • DTM364
    • November 19, 2016
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    I didn't know Andy Dalton had an older brother that is the lead singer!

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    • Sunny
    • November 19, 2016
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    I love the movie

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    • Rish Fish
    • November 19, 2016
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    used to love this song back in the day and used to listen to it all the time, but then forgot all about it till now 20 years later

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    • BilisNegra
    • November 19, 2016
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    Extreme level One Hit Wonder act. Didn't even recall the band's name.

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    • leven4
    • November 19, 2016
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    Such a terrible song, but I love listening to it.

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    • wolfe david
    • November 19, 2016
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    good song………..

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    • bob blow
    • November 19, 2016
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    i always thought this song was about having breakfast at a girl named tiffanys house…

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    • Tia Kyle
    • November 19, 2016
    Reply

    Cherry cola

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    • Tony Salveta
    • November 19, 2016
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    More like Deep Blue NOTHING! amiright?

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    • Ron From Harry Potter
    • November 19, 2016
    Reply

    A couple of lads in a field, in their normal everyday clothes, just playing a tune. No fake tan, dumb hair styles etc.

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    • Blaze Mancer
    • November 19, 2016
    Reply

    bekfast

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    • Kristin Crumpler
    • November 19, 2016
    Reply

    You'll say, we've got nothin' in common
    No common ground to start from
    And we're falling apart
    You'll say, the world has come between us
    Our lives have come between us
    Still I know you just don't care

    And I said what about Breakfast at Tiffany's?
    She said I think I remember the film
    And as I recall I think, we both kind o' liked it
    And I said well that's, the one thing we've got

    I see you, the only one who knew me
    But now your eyes see through me
    I guess I was wrong
    So what now?
    It's plain to see we're over
    And I hate when things are over
    When so much is left undone

    And I said what about Breakfast at Tiffany's?
    She said I think I remember the film
    And as I recall I think, we both kind o' liked it
    And I said well that's, the one thing we've got

    You'll say, that we've got nothin' in common
    No common ground to start from
    And we're falling apart
    You'll say the world has come between us
    Our lives have come between us
    Still I know you just don't care

    And I said what about Breakfast at Tiffany's?
    She said I think I remember the film
    And as I recall I think, we both kind o' liked it
    And I said well that's, the one thing we've got

    And I said what about Breakfast at Tiffany's?
    She said I think I remember the film
    And as I recall I think, we both kind o' liked it
    And I said well that's, the one thing we've got

    And I said what about Breakfast at Tiffany's?
    She said I think I remember the film
    And as I recall I think, we both kind o' liked it
    And I said well that's, the one thing we've got

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    • Nathando3rd
    • November 19, 2016
    Reply

    Amazing

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    • Its The Wiggles
    • November 19, 2016
    Reply

    boat drinks

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    • dw1985
    • November 19, 2016
    Reply

    awesome 90's haircut :)

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