let’s talk lunch.

Happy Monday, everyone! I hit the ground running this morning, and I don’t know about you, but as of today, it feels like 2017 is officially in full motion.

It felt great getting back into my usual schedule last week, but on Friday, I realized that I’d been struggling with one aspect of my routine. By the time Matt got home from the office at the end of the week, ready to start our weekend together, I was feeling run-down, dizzy, and totally exhausted. As he is always such a rock star at doing, my husband immediately sat down with me on the couch to talk through things and try to figure out what was going on.

Real talk: As I’ve mentioned previously, body image has been a challenge for me for the better part of my life, and while I’ve managed to get to a pretty good place with all of it these days, every now and then, I realize that my eating habits have gotten a little weird. Working from home has been really beneficial and, generally speaking, I feel better than ever. Unfortunately, I realized last week that I had really not been taking good care of myself where daytime eating is concerned. After a good breakfast after the gym, I was mostly just grazing on small bites throughout the day. Because I tend to work out pretty intensely every morning, my body definitely needs better fuel than I was giving it. It should have come as no surprise that I wasn’t feeling so hot by Friday!

I’ve never been a big fan of lunch foods. As a kid, I didn’t like sandwiches or yogurts or any of the other things that the rest of my classmates packed regularly. On the weekends, I would pick at leftovers or other snacks. In the years since, I’ve gone through phases where I’ve been very unhealthy about lunch (in college, often eating nothing but an apple all day), very healthy about lunch (doing a full meal prep every Sunday while I was working and bringing in grilled chicken and veggies to eat), and everything in between. Because lunch isn’t my favorite meal, I just don’t usually crave a meal in the middle of the day, and since life got so busy around here before the holidays, I admittedly wasn’t paying very good attention to my body.

The way I felt this weekend was a good wake-up call, and with training for my next half marathon starting up in just a few weeks, I’m feeling extra motivated to get back on track. I was at Trader Joe’s this morning before it opened (in the freezing cold!), and I went out of my way to pick up a few extra things that looked good for lunch. Earlier today, I mixed up a big batch of this quinoa salad, and it was really delicious. I’m excited to have it on hand for the rest of the week.

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The ingredients to this salad are quinoa, sauteed baby spinach, edamame, cucumbers, chia seeds, salt, pepper, and a dash of parmesan cheese.

Do you have any other suggestions for healthy lunches? I’m willing to get back into the habit of setting time aside for weekly meal prep or daily cooking if it means I’ll feel better and more energized! I’d love to hear about some of your favorites.

As always, I appreciate your love and support! It’s not always easy talking about my challenges and stumbling blocks, and it feels great to know I have the support of this online community : )

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8 thoughts on “let’s talk lunch.

  1. mrskfit says:

    I agree with Jess! Your quinoa salad is definitely missing a protein. it’s better to eat a bigger meal during the day, and a lighter dinner if possible. We’re more active during the day so it’s easier to burn off the extra calories earlier as opposed to before bed. Our bodies also need that fuel to help us get through the day! Don’t forget to add lunch to your daily planner 😉

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  2. Brandi says:

    As a pescatarian (really a vegetarian mostly), I ALWAYS struggle with lunches at work because 1. I get sick of certain foods after two days so meal prep is usually a flop and 2. I generally don’t have leftovers from dinner because Dave eats (requires) so much food since he hits the gym after work. I’ve also been struggling to get active again (thanks, grad school) (I’m definitely not full of excuses), so I’m trying to fill my meals with more protein over carbs (beans, fish, soy). When I try my best, I tend to have some tuna fish, egg salad, or green salad, plus cheeses, carrots or cucumbers, and sometimes a healthier cracker. Confession: I also have a mega dark chocolate tooth and have the nasty habit of HAVING to have some bite of chocolate (even a bite) after lunch. SEND HELP!

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    • alli hoff kosik says:

      Then SEND HELP my way too because I always need a little bite of something sweet after a meal, too. IT IS WHO I AM. These are good lunch suggestions, B — it makes me feel better to know I’m not the only one who has this problem!

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