launch into lunch

Now that we have covered how to plan your breakfast we can look at lunches. Remember though that this is built around what works for me and that you would need to think about the things you specifically want to address, how much time you can put in and the variety that you want in your week.

Much like my approach to breakfast, I asked myself a few basic questions. Again these can be customised but these give me a good base and are easy to answer.

Why am I wanting to look at my lunches and what do I want to get from it?

I wanted to make sure that my lunches are a proper meal and don’t just fall into the sandwich category. Another key thing for me is making sure that it has flavour. Although I can, have and will eat plain chicken, veg and sweet potato I prefer to have something considered more of a dish.  

What does your lunch have to consist of?

Has to be high in protein, with lots of veg or salad and it could be adapted to have a higher amount of carbohydrates should I need them to hit my macronutrients.

What do you you like?

The first thing I want to say is that I like food and will eat most things. My weakness has always been amount rather than quality of food. As many of my friends will tell you I have a good appetite. However I’m lucky in the fact that I’d rather have savoury foods over sweet, with meats, fish, olives, cheese etc rather than bread and biscuits (excluding shortbread).

 How much time do you have?

This is really a two-part question. How much time do you have to make or prep your food and how much time do you have to get food and eat it?

If you’re having what I would call “proper food” then you are going to have to make it. In doing so there will be prep and cooking time. The second amount of time you need to think of is do you need something that you can grab and eat straight away? Do you need to heat it or is there any secondary preparation that you might have to do.

For me I’d like to have all my lunches sorted and cooked at the weekend. So I’m I give myself a couple of hours to do food prep, this for me takes less total time then making something each day or even popping out to get something from the shops. As for daily time I usually have 30 mins to add anything/prep eat and also have access to a microwave should I need to heat anything.

What I discovered.

  • I need to do some recipe research so that I can have some variety in what I’m eating. The base of my meals might be similar but by adding different herbs and spices can completely change things.
  • You can spend a lot of time each week making and getting food if you do it each day. Plus the more meal preparation that you do the quicker you’ll get at it. Lots of little tricks and timesavers all add up, plus your knife skills will improve which is always cool.
  • If you are wanting to be strict on your diet then you’ll need to set yourself up to achieve and I find that the best way to do that is to have everything sorted so you don’t have to think and you can just get on with things.  

Over the coming months I’ll be posting recipes for breakfasts and main meals that could be either lunches or dinners. Keep a lookout for these and should you want me to do a particular meal, recipe or ingredient then just let me know.

Coach Phil  

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