5 Interesting Reasons That We Should Eat Lunch Every Day
For many lunch is considered a meal that we need to eat
When the afternoon arrives during the day, all of us need to eat our next meal which is known as lunch (or El Almuerzo) in Spanish speaking countries. The time that lunch is served varies from country to country. This article is more about eating lunch every day from a health and quality of life perspective. But just like breakfast, it is important to consume lunch as well. Here are some of the reasons that you should consider eating lunch instead of skipping it:
Nourish your body and make sure you are focused
- Lunch is a meal and you need food for nourishment as well as for focus and concentration
Lunch is food and all of us need to eat to survive and concentrate during the day. If you are hungry in the afternoon, you will become very sleepy. You won’t be able to focus and concentrate because your mind will be too tired. In addition to these two reasons mentioned, if you skip lunch you may get a headache and be angry. Headaches are very common when we are hungry. You will also be very low on energy. If you are low on energy, there is no way that you can be a productive person during the work day for example. You wouldn’t want to enter an important company meeting in the middle of the day being hungry would you? On a related note, what is one critical thing you have to be able to do when you enter that meeting? You have to be able to focus and concentrate very well. That’s what eating lunch can help with. Eating lunch “re-energizes your body and can raise blood sugar levels when focus and concentration are flagging,” (Schuna 2015). However, lunch is also important for school age children as well. You might ask how lunch is so important for kids. According to a study done in 2015, “school lunch makes up one third to one half of a child’s nutritional intake for an entire day and is essential for helping children succeed in school as well as grow and develop successfully and healthfully,” (Schuna 2015). Lunch is the only meal of the day after breakfast that gives kids the physical and mental energy to get through their day.
A photo of a typical or common lunch item in the U.S.
Get away from your desk
2. Eating lunch allows us to take the time to get away from working for a while
The constant working in an office for hours can be tiring and stressful. Eating lunch allows us to spend some time away from our desks and to be able to relax and relieve stress. All of us need the time to relax and rejuvenate our bodies and minds so that when we eat lunch, we can be ready to go back to work being fully energized and focused on our tasks. However, eating food high in simple carbohydrates such as a rice and chicken bowl can make you sleepy as the body uses up so much energy to digest the food. In addition to this, it is not recommended for employees to eat while at their desks.
A photo of a healthier kind of lunch
Enjoy nature if you can do so
3. You can take the time to enjoy nature while you eat lunch
If you are working from home for example, you can have your lunch and look outside the window of one of the rooms of your residence. You can take the time to see and appreciate the nature around you while you are eating. But this strategy may not apply to those of us here in the United States because a full-time employee in the private sector normally gets about 30 minutes to an hour for lunch. It would take lots of time to drive home, eat lunch, and then you would have to hurry back to the office to resume your work. Also, if a person lives in an urban area (city) they are less likely to be exposed to nature at lunch time. Nonetheless, this 3rd reason is an interesting reason to consider having lunch every day.
Lunch gives you the calories for that intense workout
4. Eating lunch allows you to get ready for an intense workout later on in the day.
It would be much easier to exercise if you are well-nourished. If you want to run 3 miles a day for four times per week for example, it would be much easier to do the run if you have eaten lunch beforehand. The nutrients from the lunch will give your body more energy, strength and the endurance you need to do that big run.
Lunch helps our mood
5. If you needed any more convincing or reasons why you should eat lunch it is also good to do this because eating lunch is good and it makes you feel better
Eating lunch just like eating breakfast is a very good thing. Enjoy the taste, smell and flavor of your lunch as you chew your food and then swallow it. Make sure to take your time while eating because eating too fast will make your stomach hurt. It is also good to eat slowly because when you eat your food slowly, you will enjoy it much more and eating slowly also prevents weight gain. Also, sometimes when we feel down, there is nothing better than eating a meal like lunch to make us feel better very quickly.
These are five reasons why you should consider eating lunch every day instead of skipping lunch. Food is a necessary part of human life and this is your body so make sure that you take good care of the one body that you do have.
Photo of a type of lunch found in Japan which is healthier
Additional information on the topic
Make sure that you do not skip meals. It is said that people often skip meals because they are too busy (common reason) or they want to lose weight. A 2007 study that was conducted in the medical journal called Metabolism analyzed what happens when people skip meals. This study was conducted by diabetes researchers at the National Institute of Aging. The subjects for this study were men and women in their 40’s who were at a normal weight. For a period of two months, these people ate three meals per day. For another eight week period, they skipped two meals but then they ate the same number of calories at dinner time. The researchers discovered that skipping meals and then eating one large meal in the evening resulted in risky metabolic changes in the body (Parker-Pope 2007). One of the healthy lifestyle trainers that used to work at the YMCA that I go to told me of the dangers of skipping meals, the most notable of which is weight gain which is known to lead to conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Although I have previously written about the importance of eating breakfast, lunch is important as well. When you eat your next lunch, feel free to remember what is written here. Have a great appetite everybody!
Parker-Pope, Tara. 2007. Well. December 26. Accessed January 22, 2017. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/12/26/the-risks-and-rewards-of-skipping-meals/?_r=0.
Schuna, Carly. 2015. Livestrong.com. January 28. Accessed January 22, 2017. http://www.livestrong.com/article/449208-why-is-lunch-so-important/.