What are you going to have to eat for lunch (aka dinner if you’re from up north) today?
It can be tricky for people who are on the go all day or stuck at work to grab a healthy lunch.
Not only do you want it to be healthy, you want it to help you keep your metabolism in check too.
In Britain, we love a sandwich!
Ham, cheese, pickle…it doesn’t matter.
Just throw two slices of bread and stick something in the middle.
I’ve even seen some people go a little continental recently.
Treating themselves to something called a “Panini”.
Unfortunately, if your goal is lose lard this old favourite isn’t going to cut the mustard.
The issue isn’t with the sandwich filling, but with the bread itself.
It doesn’t matter if it’s mighty white, wholemeal or if you cut the crusts off.
The wheat in bread shoots your blood sugar up just as much as two table spoons of sugar.
Did you know that?
The higher your blood sugar the more difficult it is to lose weight.
I’m not saying you have to knock your daily sandwich on the head completely, but if you’re looking to reduce your waistline, you should at least look at some alternatives.
When you nip out for lunch in a bit, you’ll say “Ok, Gavin. What can I eat then?”
And you’re right; it can be tough to dodge the sandwich shops.
Luckily there are a number of options you can choose from.
These are my go-to options for when I’m on the move in London.
Starbucks: I’m always in here, but their lunch options aren’t great. I go for Ham Hock Bistro Box if I’m in for lunch (http://starbucks.co.uk/menu/food-list/bistro-boxes/cured-ham-hock-bistro-box).
Pret A Manger – Sushi, Salad or Soup (http://www.pret.com/menu/sushi_salads_soups)
Pod: I often go here for breakfast, but they also do a mean green thai curry (http://www.podfood.co.uk/pdf/winter_menu_2012.pdf).
Café Nero: pretty useless in here, so the only option you have really is soup and even that’s not great.
Costa: these guys love a sandwich aswell, the only decent think you’ll find in here are banana’s and apples.
Itsu: stumbled across this one recently after a client of mine kept going on about it. The chicken teriyaki with brown rice is a good shout, but they’ve got plenty on offer to keep your belly from expanding (http://itsu.com/)
If none of these float your boat, then you can always take a packed lunch to work.
It’s a crazy idea, I know.
I’m not talking about what your Mum used to pack you for school, mind.
My Mum used to give me corned beef sandwiches as a kid.
Ahh, takes me back…they were bloody awful.
Does anyone actually like corn beef?!
Anyway, rather than forcing some dodgy corned beef down your throat, try cooking double the amount for dinner and having the leftovers for lunch the next day.
Remember, calories play a large role in losing weight and getting fit, but so do your hormones.
By eating the wrong type of foods you can cause your hormones to go haywire making it difficult to burn belly fat over the long haul.
I’ve only listed a few places here, but if you know any decent places that serve healthy grub that’ll keep your waistline AND your health in check, I’d love to know about them.
Right, enjoy your lunch…ha!