Powering Up: Eating for Success
A fancy lunch at the club may impress your clients, but the carb-induced crash that’s going to hit you right before your 2 p.m. meeting could be a deal breaker.
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Here are a few suggestions on how to put power into your breakfast, lunch and the rest of the day.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it provide your morning fuel, it kick starts your metabolism and establishes your cravings for the rest of the day. According to Arthur Agatston, cardiologist and author of “The South Beach Diet,” skipping breakfast allows blood sugar to drop and hunger to increase all morning, resulting in powerful cravings for a lunch that includes carbs of questionable value.
Stay Off Sweets
Eating something for breakfast is better than nothing. However, refined carbohydrates, such as a doughnut, muffin, sweetened cereal or orange juice, may actually activate your appetite rather than satiate it. Moreover, an hour later you’ll likely feel edgy, irritable and hungry again.
Breakfast on the Run No. 1
One package of instant oatmeal, 20 grams of whey protein, water. Microwave according to package instructions.
Breakfast on the Run No. 2
One whole-wheat tortilla, a slice of fresh or deli turkey, a handful of low-fat cheese. Microwave for one minute.
Fast-Food Power Lunch No. 1
Subway six-inch turkey sandwich on a whole-wheat roll, hold the mayo and oil and double up on the meat. Unsweetened ice tea or water.
Fast-Food Power Lunch No. 2
Jack-in-the-Box Grilled Chicken Sandwich. Leave out the sauce, but you can have the cheese. Unsweetened ice tea or water.
Fast-Food Power Lunch from Home
One three-ounce pouch of tuna packed in water, one apple, a bottle of water.
Eat a Midday Snack
The six or seven hours between lunch and dinner will wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels and cravings. Try some cottage cheese and fruit, half a sandwich or some cheese and crackers in the early afternoon. If you’re on the run, a protein bar or protein drink will hold you till dinner.
AB$: Better Abs and a Better Bottom... Line
In our issue focused on fitness, we couldn’t ignore what seems an obligatory article in most health magazines about getting better abs. However, we’re afraid Hawaii Business is not fit to offer the best tummy-tucking activities. We do feel comfortable pointing out what is increasingly becoming common knowledge: Work-force wellness programs save businesses money.
Here are some stats from The Partnership for Prevention: Productivity losses related to personal and family health problems cost U.S. employers $1,685 per employee per year or $225.8 billion annually. A review of 42 published studies of worksite wellness programs showed, on average, a 28 percent reduction in sick leave, a 26 percent reduction in health costs, a 30 percent reduction in workers’ compensation and disability management claims costs, and a $5.93-to-$1 savings-to-cost ratio.
Looking good never felt so good. -SR
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